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Border rivalry resumes April 2 in Arizona
by Paul Kennedy, February 13th, 2014 4:38PM

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TAGS:  concacaf champions league, men's national team, mexico


[USA-MEXICO] The USA will face Mexico in a friendly April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The match will be the final game for both teams before their coaches must submit their preliminary 30-player World Cup rosters to FIFA.

Kickoff for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, is set locally for 8 p.m. (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

Last 10 USA-Mexico Friendlies:
YEAR SCORE (VENUE)
2012 USA 1-0 (in Mexico City)
2011 Tie 1-1 (in Philadelphia)
2008 Tie 2-2 (in Houston)
2007 USA 2-0 (in Glendale, Ariz.)
2004 USA 1-0 (in Dallas)
2003 Tie 0-0 (in Houston)
2002 USA 1-0 (in Denver)
2000 USA 2-0 (in Los Angeles)
2000 *USA 3-0 (in East Rutherford, N.J.)
1999 *Mexico 2-1 (in San Diego)
*U.S. Cup matches

The game will give U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann a chance to look at his MLS and Mexican-based players one last time. (March 5 is the only pre-May FIFA fixture date when he will be able to select whomever he wants, and the USA is scheduled to play in Ukraine in a game for which he is expected to rely heavily on European-based players.)

One complication: the April 2 game will fall the same week as the first leg of the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League. American World Cup hopefuls Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo play for Tijuana, which faces the LA Galaxy with Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez in the quarterfinals. The other USA-Mexico quarterfinal pairings are Toluca-San Jose Earthquakes and Cruz Azul-Sporting Kansas City. The two MLS clubs both have multiple World Cup hopefuls.

In 2002 and 2010 ahead of the World Cup, the USA played a game in April. The 2002 match was a 1-0 win over Mexico in Denver that came a little more than two months before the USA would beat El Tri, 2-0, at the World Cup in South Korea.

University of Phoenix Stadium, which has a capacity of 63,400, is a familiar venue for both the USA and Mexico. The USA beat Mexico, 2-0, before a sellout crowd in 2007.

The USA has not lost to Mexico in a non-competitive game since a 2-1 loss in the 1999 U.S. Cup. If you throw out the U.S. Cup, a friendly tournament U.S. Soccer organized until 2000, the USA has not lost to Mexico in a friendly since 1984, a span of 10 games (six wins and four ties).

"We are going to be watching our players very carefully before making final decisions on the roster for the World Cup, so this will be a great benchmark to see where they are at and how they compete against our biggest rivals," said Klinsmann in a statement on Thursday. "Games against Mexico are always special for the players and for the fans. We expect that it will be an amazing atmosphere in Phoenix with supporters for both teams, and it's great to have an opportunity to play before the start of the World Cup. You couldn't ask for a better experience to help with our preparations."


2 comments
  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: February 13, 2014 at 6:28 p.m.
    JK should call in Timmy Chandler for that one. He should be recovered from the injury, and I am sure FC Nurnberg can release him for one game. That way he could get some USMNT experience before JK names final roster. We need Chandler at Right Back. he is much better than enayone else we have. Also Stuart Holden should be called in. He also will be recovered and could play. He is a great midfield addition we could use. Call those 2 in. Klinsamann has a lot of pull in Europe, I am sure he could convince the 2 coaches of their teams to let those players go for one game. They hadn't played for a while because of injury anyway, so what's one more game out matter ?

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: February 13, 2014 at 7:40 p.m.
    Dan, you and a few others have brought Chandler up many times, and I can fully appreciate that since I have been a big Bocanegra guy (who got screwed over...), but at this point its a fat chance JK will upset the apple cart by introducing newish faces. Holden, on the other hand, is too small for a JK CM, where he believes you have to be a "little nasty" and tougher on the ball. I do like his creative side in the past though........More than likely, Cameron will take over the RB spot when the fit hits the shan!


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