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USMNT vs. Mexico: SBI Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico are set to resume their rivalry on Friday, and the stakes will certainly be high.

CONCACAF’s Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying on Friday night as the USMNT takes on Mexico at MAPFRE Stadium. Both sides enter the Hex favored for Russia 2018, but the two teams will look to start on a high with a win over their rival.

Both sides bring unique tactical formations to the mix, as both begin the match with three centerbacks in the lineup. Tim Howard also returns to the USMNT lineup, while Timmy Chandler, Jermaine Jones and Omar Gonzalez jump into Jurgen Klinsmann’s XI.

The SBI staff will be offering updates and analysis in the comments section below, so feel free to follow along, and as always, please feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions below.

Enjoy the action.

83 comments
  • Ryan Tolmich

    USMNT XI: Howard, Besler, Brooks, Gonzalez, Chandler, Johnson, Bradley, Jones, Pulisic, Wood, Altidore.

    Three at the back for the U.S., while Jones joins the midfield. Klinsmann goes with the in-form Chandler over Yedlin. Will be important for Chandler/Johnson to get forward a bit and put pressure on the Mexico defense.

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      Definitely a bit of a risk, but he has the pieces to do it. Chandler in form and Johnson given room to roam, which could be very dangerous. Given the two formations, could be a somewhat open game.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Mexico XI: Talavera, Reyes, Márquez, Moreno, Layún, Herrera, Guardado, Corona, Gio dos Santos, Chicharito, Vela

    Vela a bit of a surprise, but the rest of Mexico’s XI goes to plan. Vela and Corona will be handfuls on the wing. Battle between Bradley/Jones and Herrera/Guardado should be an interesting one.

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  • Ronniet

    A lot of us eye calling for Jurgen tinplate 3 at the back and he decides to do it in arguably the most important game, against the most important opponent in the hex. I gotta say I love it and it shows Jurgen is open to change after all. With roster at hand it makes too much sense not to try it and I can’t wait to see how it works out

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      • Old School

        Really? I don’t think I’ve seen that mentioned with any frequency, but I’ll take your word for it.

        I actually don’t mind it because it can be a very defensive formation when it folds back on defense and a nice way to spread out your opposition on offense.

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  • David M

    Chandler?? The man has never played even a half-decent game for the USMNT. Out of shape Jones?? I guess it’s sufficient to be a German to be starting tonight.

    Klinsmann is making it much harder to root for this US team.

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      Understand the criticism for Chandler, but he’s in crazy form with Eintracht Frankfurt. Is he running out of chances? Sure, but no surprise to see Klinsmann go with the hot player. Jones, meanwhile, may not be 100 percent, but the U.S. doesn’t have a better big-game player. He’ll be up for it.

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    • Byrdman

      I dont find it hard to root for my country at all. My father served in the air force for twenty years, so did the fathwrs of Brooks, Johnson, Green, and maybe Chandler.

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      • Chris the LSU tiger

        Johnson’s dad played basketball in Germany and was not a solider.

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    • Old School

      You’ve been complaining for years about Klinsmann, and evidently you haven’t paid any attention to the form, ability or heart of particular players. Curiously, these are players some have deemed “non-American” (much like their manager).

      …but go on, tell us it’s all about the player, and not the dual-nationality.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    OFF THE POST! Mexico goes so close. INCHES away as the shot clangs off the post. USMNT fortunate.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Brooks picks up a yellow for a hard foul. Jones nearly gets one seconds later, and probably should have gotten one, for kicking the ball at a down player.

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      Pulisic nearly gets through, but takes a touch that’s just a bit too heavy. Probably the best chance for the USMNT so far.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    GOAL MEXICO! Layun, and there goes the Dos a Cero. Shot seemed to take a weird bounce on its way in, and Howard just can’t get it. 1-0 Mexico.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Three-at-the-back sounded good in theory, but USMNT looks so disjointed. Players not sure when to close, lots of gaps, no one in dangerous positions. Something needs to change.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Mexico off the bar again! Could EASILY be 3-0. Vela’s header smashes the bar. U.S. getting outplayed badly.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Guardado off with an injury, and the U.S. get a chance to regroup a bit. Look to be changing formation.

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  • Ben

    So, eventually, I hope, people will realize that Bradley is more of a problem than a solution at this point. Yes, he runs and yes he is in the right place, but all that doesn’t matter if you are so slow that the attackers after untroubled by you. And look, just look, when Bradley “closes” out on anyone, they are never even remotely troubled by him. He has been important in the past, but no, not anymore.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Howard now down and receiving treatment. Guzan warming up on the sidelines. Things going from bad to worse for the USMNT .

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    • Flagermunsen

      Yes he is! Just watch him when Mexico has the ball. Every game this happens– the worst was that Gold Cup final when Bob was the coach. He cannot or does not pick up players. He leaves the opposing team’s center mids with time and space. I would love to play against that. Guardado and Herrera obviously do. Time and space makes very good players look great. THis is the persistent problem when Bradley plays. This is not a problem when you keep most of the possession, but we don’t do that either.

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      • Ben

        And to be fair, like I said, it not a problem of making a wrong read or being out of position, but simply too slow. He isn’t a bad player, just a slow one.

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  • Ben

    People are going to criticize Jurgen, and I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it, but play Pusilic, our one player that can create and beat player, in the middle, wasn’t stupid.

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      Pulisic has certainly been active. Touch has let him down a few times, but not shocking to see that an 18-year-old is a bit nervous for USMNT-Mexico. Second half should be a bit better for him once he gets past some of the jitters.

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    • AMPhibian

      I think it’s something he’s not very used to a this point, regardless of where on the pitch he grew up playing. He has been playing well on the wing, and I would’ve liked to see him stay there. He seems like a young NFL QB in the middle, not reading the whole field, kind of staring down his number one option and not scanning. I think he can get better at that, and has done some nice things tonight, but to put him in the that 10 role against this opponent is definitely a big challenge for the kid.

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      • AMPhibian

        That said, I like that JK trusted him enough to test him there for 30 minutes or so. I’m sure he’ll be better for it moving forward.

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      • Ben

        I agree with the ideal of starting hi out wide, but like I said, it isn;t total folly to put him in the middle, since he is our one true creative player.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    HALFTIME: Mexico up a goal on a deflected Layun finish, but should be up two or three. USMNT forced into a mid-half formation switch, while Howard’s injury deprives Klinsmann of one sub for the second half. USMNT facing a MAJOR uphill climb.

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  • El Comandante

    Now, on a more serious note. I said this is going to be a long Hex for USMNT. If Mexico wins, which I dont see USMNT overcoming, then the three favorite teams imo right now in CONCACAF would’ve won away in their first games. And USMNT visiting CR, we may find ourselves 0 points in two matches.

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    • Old School

      You’re a front running Mexico fan when it’s convenient and disappear when it’s not, but I’m sure everyone appreciates your commentary contribution.

      Let’s talk about the Hex qualification once it’s over. I have a strong feeling you won’t be around to discuss the results for the usual reasons.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Second half is underway, and U.S. comes out hot. Several shots are blocked away, but a solid start.

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  • El Comandante

    Jones was inches away from getting a second yellow, sack him. Altidore alters this team’s chemistry, sack him. However, that bench stinks.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    GOAL BOBBY WOOD! Game on. Just four minutes into the second half, Altidore skins his defender and breaks through. Slides a pass to Wood, whose shot banks off a defender and in. 1-1.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Gonzalez with a free header but it’s saved. Seconds later, Bradley has a chance to play in Wood, but opts for a shot that rolls right into the goalkeeper’s hands.

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    • AMPhibian

      That might’ve changed the game there if Bradley doesn’t kill the second half momentum with a selfish play. I love Bradley, but he saw Wood and could’ve passed it for a pretty easy chance to someone who just scored, but instead he tries a difficult shot, easily saved.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Herrera goes down in the box, but gets a yellow for simulation. A bit too theatrical. Definitely contact.

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    • frank from santiago

      puta comandante si que sos un tipico cobarde sin huevos, apareces cuando te conviene…..tipico mejicano. sigan aciendosen los pesados contra estdos unidos porque todo el mundo sabe que nunca van a tener equipo para ganara un mundial….big fish in little pond mentality.

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      • El Comandante

        You the one that’s gonna get deported if you keep talking like that.

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    • El Comandante

      Ohh, and the fact that Mexico had not beaten us in qualifying at home since 1972. Way to go Klinsi.

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  • run

    Apparently no more analysis from SBI. Ben’s had a spot on comment that quickly disappeared. Then nothing more. I used to want to be here for the analysis, but losing reason to be here. Ryan? Ives?

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  • KC

    I am so sick of our team being handicapped by JK. Experiments with a formation in the most important game since Belgium. What was the point of our Oct friendlies? As a result, we look disjointed and go 1-0. Then it leaves us in a hole for subs bc we have to correct the mistake with Orozsco on for Besler. Instead of let’s say Klejstan for Jones. We so happen come out hot with a familiar formation for 2nd half. Mexico is very good right now. but this has to be the last straw. I never felt so strongly that our manager failed us.

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    • Gary Page

      In the post game presser, Klinsmann said he took out Besler because he was cramping up. So,k with the sub for Howard and Orozco for Besler, he was limited in what else he could do via substitutions. He chose Yedlin for Chandler, which seemed like a pretty smart choice.

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  • Ronniet

    Bradley, Gonzalez and Besler were liabilities smdh….disappointing result to say the least and considering our record in Costa Rica things could get tricky if we don’t at least get a tie there.

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  • Scott e Dio93

    One biggest insults to us Vets! I wish Gulati ill for anti-America globalist PC coward!

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