Welcome to the live thread and more on one of the biggest and most intense rivalries in world soccer. The path to Russia 2018 starts tonight in Columbus, Ohio as the United States Men’s National Team looks to keep the streak of “Dos a Cero” alive for a fifth time in qualifying.
The rivalry is renewed as the Mexican squad looks to end that streak. Both teams come in moderately successful as the USMNT tied its last match against New Zealand and won a historic match against Cuba. Mexico’s last two games come with wins over Panama and New Zealand. Of course, the last time these two countries played was the “CONCACAF Cup,” where Mexico emerged victorious in front of a Pro-Mexico crowd. That gave them a berth into the Confederations Cup to be held next year in Russia.
The game is key for both managers as well, especially considering all the turmoil Juan Carlos Osorio has seen since losing to Chile, 7-0. This could be a “lose and you’re out” scenario for him, so he’ll be keen to get at least a tie in the first Hexagonal game. Klinsmann will see his side more comfortable than that but two bad results against Mexico and then Costa Rica in San Jose could result in his return to the hot seat. It’s going to be a big game, to say the least.
Goalkeepers (4): Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
Defenders (9): DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Midfielders (9): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Bobby Wood (Hamburg), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Alan Gordon (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Goalkeepers (3): Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)
Defenders (8): Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina), Miguel Layun (Porto)
Midfielders (7): Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas), Jesus Dueñas (Tigres), Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Hector Herrera (Porto), Giovani dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Forwards (7): Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Jesus Corona (Porto), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Oribe Peralta (Club América), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad)
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:45 p.m. (ET).
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium — Columbus, OH.
TV: FS1, Univision Deportes.
Streaming: FuboTV. and FOX Sports Go
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