When the USA Men’s National Soccer team takes the field versus Mexico, expect a hotly-contested battle between the two squads, with three World Cup qualifying points up for grabs. Mexico will be able to lock up their spot in the World Cup tournament with a win over the United States, while the US team has a chance to get even closer to qualifying for the tourney with a critical win here.
So, how will this match play out in the hot evening at Estadio Azteca Stadium in Mexico City? Really, this will all be determined by the play of a few essential members of team USA, starting with goalkeeper Tim Howard. Howard was outstanding in the United States’ previous 2-0 win versus Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, expect a strong game out of forward Clint Dempsey (5 goals in his 5 CONCACAF matches) to keep things competitive between the US and Mexico.
On the other side of the pitch, Mexico has been nearly unbeatable in this qualifying group, and that only quantifies when playing in front of their own fans. While most expect the US to play a close game against Mexico, it is largely due to the fact that Mexico will be without their star winger Jesus Corona. Corona will be missing this match-up due to a personal (family) matter.
Other players missing out on this pivotal game versus the US will be Rafa Marquez, Miguel Layun, and Andres Guardado. Expect these essential players’ absences to be felt early on in the game. They will likely walk out of Mexico City at least one point closer to qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. If this is the case, let’s all tip our caps to coach Bruce Arena for this remarkable turnaround of the USA Men’s National team.
Final Score Prediction: USA 1 – Mexico 1 (Draw)