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Hackworth rolls the dice with Adu-Kleberson swap

John Hackworth doesn't strike one as a gambler.

Balance does not equal strength

The first three rounds of Hexagonal play have confirmed predictions that this should be the tightest competition since the format was introduced in 1989.

Mexico Diary: Lots of hype but no Goooool

The back of a van in Mexico City's Colonia Condesa is covered with bumper stickers, one of which reads "Jesus Saves ..." followed by smaller type:

Mexico Diary: Success but 'not pretty'

After the 0-0 tie, the first question asked of the U.S. coach, by a Mexican journalist in Spanish was, "Jurgen, is this result a victory for you?"

Gonzalez leads gritty Azteca performance

The Americans did just enough to fend off a sputtering Mexico attack to earn a 0-0 tie Tuesday night, just the second time a USA team has emerged from a competitive match at Azteca Stadium with a point.

Mexico Diary: 'El Tri's Playing for 120 million'

It was 48 degrees on Tuesday morning in Mexico City, but it should be in the 60s for the USA's World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium that kicks off at 8:30 pm local time. For the Mexicans, they'll be playing at temperatures 40 degrees lower than what they faced during their 2-2 tie at Honduras on Friday. For the Americans, ...

Mexico Diary: 'Don't boo U.S. anthem,' says Chepo

Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre, known generally as a friendly guy, has been quite grumpy since Mexico blew a 2-0 lead and had to settle for a 2-2 tie at Honduras last Friday. He held a curt postgame press conference but kept his players away from reporters, and blacked out the media until a Monday press conference.

MLS Power Rankings: Impact still perfect, five teams still winless

Get into the tackles, get some key saves, and get the ball to Marco Di Vaio in the right situation.

Mexico Diary: 'Klinsmann, Coco del Tri'

The USA arrived in Mexico City late in the afternoon on Sunday and had a light practice in the evening. The Americans are aiming for an unprecedented achievement -- beating El Tri twice in a row on Mexican soil.

Mexico Diary: A full Azteca awaits USA

Many buildings in Mexico City sink a few inches a year, such as the National Cathedral, which is also becoming the city's version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Ties tighten up Hexagonal standings

What we learned from Friday's 1-0 snowfest in Colorado is what already knew: the Americans are very tough hombres.

Mexico Diary: A triple threat no more?

My first Mexico City visit for a clash between the giant neighbors' soccer teams came in 1992. We were warned of the altitude, heat and pollution, which made breathing the air in the city built on a lake encircled by mountains equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.

High marks for resilience in crucial victory

Soccer in a snow globe was on display Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park near Denver, and in a battle against the elements the Americans beat Costa Rica, 1-0, with a Clint Dempsey goal.

Klinsmann handles it well - so far

Jurgen Klinsmann reacted admirably to the scathing criticism leveled at him in Brian Straus' Sporting News article about how he's coaching the USA.

Intense encounters the norm for USA-Costa Rica

Every time the USA plays Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier, there's a lot more at play than just the result.