World Cup Qualifying

USA vs. Mexico: SBI Match Night Commentary



MEXICO CITY– The biggest rivalry in CONCACAF will be revived tonight at Estadio Azteca, when the U.S. Men’s National team takes the field to take on arch-rival Mexico.

The U.S. come in off a confidence-boosting 1-0 victory over Costa Rica last Friday, a win that pushed them to second place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal Round standings.

Mexico enters tonight’s match in much tougher shape, having settled for draws in their first two HEX qualifiers, including a 2-2 draw in Honduras that saw them squander a 2-0 lead.

A sold-out crowd is expected at the cavernous Estadio Azteca, with close to 100,000 expected to take in the action in a match locals are calling a must-win for ‘El Tri’ and suddenly under-fire head coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” De La Torre.

The U.S. team could be without centerback Clarence Goodson, who appears to be suffering from an undisclosed injury that could keep him out of tonight’s match. Sporting KC defender Matt Besler could be deputized in his place for a match-up against dangerous Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

SBI will be providing full coverage for the match so feel free to join us for some pre-game conversation as well as coverage throughout the match. You are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s commentary is after the jump):

  • Pete

    I think its ridiculous to criticize Jozy and not Dempsey. After watching every game in the Klinsman era it is quite apparent that Jozy sole purpose is to hold the ball up and wait for runners, and the thing is Dempsey is not a runner and Zusi, and Herc are so spread its hard for them to link play. I understand his frustration, he is scoring goals in Europe at a top 6 league, but he really to be quite honest is not given the freedom to run at people which is his most dangerous assest for us. He is big and strong but the dude is skilled. I think if he asked Jozy to attack I think we would score goals because any rebound or pass back, Dempsey is a poacher.


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