Welcome to your match thread as the United States Men’s National Team takes on Mexico in the second of the Yanks’ Kickoff Series matches. After losing to Brazil on Thursday, the U.S. looks to rebound against its arch rival.
Since that 2-0 defeat last week, two players — John Brooks and Paul Arriola — have left the international team to return to their respective clubs. Both Brooks and Arriola started against Brazil.
Mexico has dominated the all-time series, going 37-19-14 in 70 games. However, this is in large part due to the Mexicans going 22-1-3 in the first 26 matches. Since the turn of the century, the series has been much closer, with the U.S. going 13-7-6.
The last time these two teams played was just last year in a World Cup qualifier. Michael Bradley and Carlos Vela each scored in the first half hour and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Playing at the Azteca, this was a huge result for the Americans.
Mexico hasn’t lost in the past three matches agains the U.S., and the last time that it did was back in 2015. Nick Rimando held a clean sheet for the Yanks as Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo scored in the second half for another famous 2-0 result. Julian Green, Gyasi Zardes, and DeAndre Yedlin are the only Americans on that team to be called up this time around, on a squad that featured then-Orlando City Lion Brek Shea.
Coming into the match, expect some changes from Interim Head Coach Dave Sarachan. He will most likely keep the 4-1-4-1 but he will make lineup changes to get everyone involved. A few of the players I expect will remain in the starting XI are captain Wil Trapp, Zack Steffen in net, and Yedlin at right back. Bobby Wood will most likely make way for Zardes, and expect Tim Weah to get more minutes than he did on Thursday.
Defenders (9): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 4/0), Eric Lichaj (Hull City/ENG; 15/1), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls 0/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 7/1), Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 2/0), Tim Parker (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 2/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 52/0).
Midfielders (10): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 17/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 5/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 10/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 3/1), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 4/1), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 3/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; 3/1).
Forwards (3): Andrija Novakovich (Fotuna Sittard/NED; 2/0), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 39/12), Gyasi Zardes (38/6; Columbus Crew SC).
Goalkeepers (2): Hugo González (Necaxa), Gibrán Lajud (Tijuana).
Defenders (8): José Abella (Santos Laguna), Oswaldo Alanís (Real Oviedo/ESP), Edson Álvarez (Club América), Jesús Angulo (Tijuana), Gerardo Arteaga (Santos Laguna), Jesús Gallardo (Monterrey), Luis Rodríguez (Tigres UANL), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER).
Midfielders (8): Erick Aguirre (Pachuca), Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy/USA), Jonathan González (Monterrey), Víctor Guzmán (Pachuca), Elías Hernández (Cruz Azul), Diego Lainez (Club América), Orbelín Pineda (Guadalajara).
Forwards (4): Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Alan Pulido (Guadalajara), Ángel Zaldívar (Guadalajara).
How to Watch
Match Time: 8:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: Nissan Stadium — Nashville, TN.
TV: ESPN, Univision.
Streaming: fuboTV, Univision NOW, WatchESPN.
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