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Home > Soccer America Daily > Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
[MEXICO-USA] How best to deal with the heat, smog, altitude, fans and Mexican national team that is nearly unbeatable in Estadio Azteca? The USA looks for answers to those obstacles that it will face when it meets Mexico in Wednesday's much-anticipated game (TV: Telemundo/mun2, live, 4 p.m. ET) Read the whole story
[MEXICO-USA] U.S. players arrived Tuesday in Mexico City to chants of "cinco, cinco, cinco" from Mexican fans, in reference to El Tri's 5-0 win over the USA in the Gold Cup final, but Mexico coach Javier Aguirre says a repeat of that result is very improbable. Read the whole story
[TRIVIA] The United States did beat Mexico once in Mexico City. A sell-out crowd of 41,000 was on hand. Mexico went ahead on a penalty kick 10 minutes into the second half, but the Americans rallied to win, 2-1, on a pair of late goals, prompting the local fans to ... Read the whole story
[MAKING A LIST] In story after story this week, it's been stated that the USA is 0-18-1 at Azteca Stadium. Problem is, Azteca wasn't opened until 1966 -- after the first 10 Mexico-USA games in Mexico City -- all Mexico wins, of course -- took place. The USA's record at ... Read the whole story
[HEXAGONAL] Mexico isn't the only Concacaf team in a must-win situation on Wednesday. Honduras must beat Hexagonal leader Costa Rica to remain on course toward a berth at the 2010 South Africa. Security is expected to be heavy in the industrial city of San Pedro Sula following a coup that ... Read the whole story
[HEXAGONAL] Four and half hours after Mexico and the USA kick off at Azteca, two other Concacaf qualifiers begin: Honduras-Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago-El Salvador. If Costa Rica and the USA take points on the road, they will maintain their lead at the top of the Hexagonal standings. But ... Read the whole story
[WPS] Contrary to what was stated in Tuesday's SoccerAmericaDaily, injured U.S. national team star Lindsay Tarpley is expected to be back on the field, training with WPS's Chicago Red Stars in preseason next March and playing in their 2010 opener in April, according to Red Stars President Peter Wilt. Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST] Brazilian star Kaka got lost while taking a morning walk in the Estonian capital of Tallinn the day before Brazil's friendly against Estonia. Two police officers who recognized the $90 million man and learned that he couldn't find his way back to the hotel drove him back ... Read the whole story

What They're Saying

"You're not playing on a level field. At sea level, I'd favor the U.S. But it's hard, an awesome challenge. The elevation, the sightlines are difficult. It's 20 yards from the touchlines to the dugouts. The massive field looks like it's out in the country. You have the heat. It all gets to your head. We tried oxygen at halftime. We tried a lot of things." -- Former U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena on the Mexico-USA World Cup qualifier. Arena teams lost to Mexico three times at Azteca -- 1-0 in overtime in the semifinals of the 1999 Confederations ...More

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