Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.
» The game is at 8 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas.
» Mexico is ranked #20 by FIFA and #23 by Elo, while the US is #19 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.
» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer. As for some other random stats/facts:
The US is 4-2-4 all-time against Mexico in World Cup qualifiers on American soil, including a 4-0-2 mark in the last six. The US hasn’t lost to Mexico in a home qualifier since a 2-1 defeat in Los Angeles on September 10, 1972.
The US is 6-0-3 all-time in Columbus, including a 3-0-0 mark against Mexico (all by the scoreline of 2-0). The US has only allowed one goal in the nine games in Columbus, a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in 2004.
Tim Howard has notched four wins against Mexico throughout his international career, tied with Tony Meola for the most against Mexico for any USMNT goalkeeper.
Landon Donovan has scored five career goals in 15 matches all-time against Mexico.
» The US can clinch a spot in Brazil tonight with a win AND a win/draw by Honduras against Panama.
» Michael Bradley is likely out with an ankle injury. I guess Jurgen Klinsmann was trying to talk up hope that Bradley is fast healer at the pep rally yesterday, but I doubt he will play.
» Klinsmann added four players (Joe Corona, Brad Davis, Clarence Goodson and Jose Torres) to the roster while Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and Jozy Altidore have to sit due to yellow cards. John Brooks was also sent back to Hertha Berlin (like the rumored pre-arranged deal from last week).
» The following players are carrying a yellow card and would miss the next qualifier if they pick one up tonight: Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones.
» As usual, the guys over at The Shin Guardian and The Yanks Are Coming have you covered for game previews.
» And I leave you with some Dos a Cero’s:
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