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Here is your US-Mexico pre-game primer
   April 2, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 11 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Mexico is ranked #20 by FIFA and #19 by Elo, while the US is #14 by FIFA and #13 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 3-0-1 all-time in the state of Arizona, including a 2-0 win over Mexico in 2007.

The US is unbeaten in its last four games against Mexico (2-0-2), one win or draw away from tying its longest such streak in series history. The US went unbeaten in five straight (4-0-1) between September 3, 2005 and February 11, 2009 and also had a five-game streak (2-0-3) between October 13, 1993 and June 16, 1996.

The US has held Mexico without a goal over the last three games, one game shy of the longest streak by the US in series history. The US held Mexico without a goal in four straight games between April 3, 2002 and April 28, 2004.  Mexico hasn’t scored a goal in its last 343 minutes against the US.

Landon Donovan has six goals in 16 career matches against Mexico.

With 52 career wins, Tim Howard is one win shy of tying Kasey Keller for the most in USMNT history by a goalkeeper.

» The Shin Guardian has a game preview that you should probably read.  He is much smarter than me.

» The Bomb Pop jerseys are official, but take a trip down memory lane with our USMNT Jersey History page.

» American Soccer Now have teamed up with Arch Rivals to do a three-part documentary on Maurice Edu has he tries to get on the World Cup roster.  Here is Part One.

» DaMarcus Beasley isn’t happy that he can’t come play in this game.

» Nothing earth shattering happened at yesterday’s presser with Jurgen Klinsmann, but we did learn that he plans on bringing in more than 23 players into the May camp and he won’t make his final cut until the deadline on June 2.

Prediction time. . . I am thinking it will be a 1-1 draw with Clint Dempsey finally scoring his first career goal against Mexico.

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Matt Benson

Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.

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6 Responses to “Here is your US-Mexico pre-game primer”

  1. Jeffrey says:


  2. 2tone says:

    I am going with a 2-1 US win. For some reason I see Green scoring the winning goal, and him solidifying his USMNT WC spot.

  3. Todd T. says:

    I like it 2tone…+1

  4. Dirk says:

    Because we have Donovan-Dempsey-Bradley together for the first time on awhile, I’m going 3-1 USA.

  5. Daniil says:

    1-0 USA on a sweaty goal by dempsey

  6. jake says:

    dos a cero

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