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Mexico vs. USMNT: SBI Match Day


The U.S. men’s national team seeks a fourth-consecutive victory over Mexico in all competitions and knows three points at Estadio Azteca on Thursday will move it one step closer to clinching a World Cup berth (10 p.m., Paramount+).

Gregg Berhalter’s side visits Mexico City knowing the race for an automatic qualification spot is getting tight with only three matches left to play. The Americans are tied with El Tri on 21 points apiece in the octagonal round through 11 matches played so far.

Reggie Cannon is the only player unavailable for Berhalter tonight due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Mexico has improved over recent weeks under Tata Martino and put itself back in the picture to qualify automatically to Qatar 2022. Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano, and Jesus Corona headline the El Tri attack in a home matchup that they have recently dominated in World Cup Qualifying.

Here is a closer look at the USMNT starting lineup:

SBI’s editorial staff will provide some updates and insights in the comments section. Feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions as well.

Enjoy the action.


  1. Final: Mexico 0 – USMNT 0. One point earned for the USMNT on the road at Estadio Azteca. A good result for the Americans tonight and I thought Antonee Robinson, Yunus Musah, and Tim Weah were all in the running for MOTM. A win on Sunday paired with a Costa Rica draw/loss will clinch a WC spot.

  2. Erik Palmer-Brown and Aaron Long on for Tyler Adams and DeAndre Yedlin. Adams did a lot of work, as did Yedlin. USMNT switching to five at the back for final minutes now with EPB on right side and A. Robinson on left. 81′

  3. Erik Palmer-Brown readying to come on for his WCQ debut. The Troyes defender has been riding good form of late at club level and will now try to shut things down for Americans tonight. 77′

  4. Counter from Mexico is neutralized by a Steffen save on a low-effort shot from Lozano. Meanwhile, Gio Reyna and Jordan Pefok are on for Ricardo Pepi and Tim Weah respectively. First subs for either team. 60′

  5. US doing okay, but I wish our passing was better. Not enough build up play. The good news is that our front 3 seems a lot faster than their defenders, so long balls seem to be working.

  6. Since the US is at 26 on the provisional roster, can they still call in a replacement? At this point, a wingback may be the best option

  7. HT: Mexico 0 – USMNT 0. Been a scrappy first half so far which has seen Alvarez, Yedlin, M. Robinson and Weah all get yellows. Christian Pulisic with the best offensive chance so far, denied by Guillermo Ochoa. Mexico frustrated with lack of chances so far, Zack Steffen not truly troubled in goal.

    Americans have been good here weathering the storm.

  8. Greetings all and thanks for joining us for a highly-anticipated World Cup Qualifier between Mexico and the USMNT. Gregg Berhalter has put out a strong squad with hopes of getting three points at Estadio Azteca. Christian Pulisic, Ricardo Pepi, and Tim Weah headline the attack tonight.

    Zack Steffen gets the nod over the in-form Ethan Horvath. DeAndre Yedlin starts at RB as Reggie Cannon misses out due to a positive COVID-19 test.


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