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10:30 pm tonight on ESPN. It's a World Cup qualifier in Thunderdome...the Azteca in Mexico City where the fans are loud, the air is thick, and the bags of piss fly. The US got a much needed win in Colorado against Costa Rica while Mexico has drawn their first two, including a home draw against Jamaica. Both teams need points and both managers are feeling pressure.
Jermaine Jones is unavailable for the US, otherwise it's the same, and rather depleted US roster from the Costa Rica game. The US has a make-shift backline in front of the back-up goalkeeper in Guzan. They'll need to hold while the US tries to find some opening to attack. Mexico is talented, quick, and has a chance at a deep World Cup run. Still, something isn't quite right with that team, so the US has a chance in what is always a passionate rivalry game.
As always, go Yanks!
ESPN Video: In 1934 the world witnessed the birth of a soccer rivalry between the United States and Mexico which continues to intensify.
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will usa be shipping in their own snow for the game?
They will expose the young US back line
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2-1 US win. Mexico will outshoot us, out possess us and outplay us but we will be victorious! Viva la Estados Unidos!
Don't have a good feeling about this one. That young defense could get exposed tonight.
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I wish the US had a chance, but 1-26-1 in Mexico equals good effin' luck. Granted, the last one was a win, but it was an exhibition. Add in Mexico practically needs a win drawing the first two games....
This post was edited by Spartanram 13 months ago
Unless it snows again.......
"No one cares what you know, until they know how much you care." Mark Dantonio
U.S. Dos a cero.
63 degrees and a relatively clear sky in Mexico City. Just a tad different than Denver........
How many Germans has Klinsmann picked? Six again?
Oddly enough, with Jermaine Jones out with injury, there are no Americans who play in Germany on the roster....
How many have German as their first language?
The US roster for tonight......
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa – 6/4 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire – 0/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake – 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake – 0/0), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City – 0/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City – 7/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy – 2/0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby – 6/0), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes – 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla – 27/6), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake – 3/0), Michael Bradley (Roma – 21/5), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana – 1/0), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo – 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor – 11/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht – 13/0), Brek Shea (Stoke City – 2/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City – 5/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar – 19/6), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna – 2/0), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur – 28/12), Herculez Gomez (Santos – 7/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC – 13/10)
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Heathens 87 13 months ago
The US should protest. They should not have to play in such conditions of high altitude and smog.....unless they win, then its ok.
Hey Jim....I worked last night and slept in. How much did England wallop lowly Montenegro by?!
I still that you believe the bags of piss stories. Crowds at Azteca are pretty mild for Latin America--it just happens to be really, really big. And even if people were throwing bags of piss, the playing field is so far away from the stands that it would take Justin Verlander to actually get a bag of piss near the players.
I'd also like to add that Mexico has been playing like shit, and is without its two most on-form offensive players (Vela and Peralta; the former refuses to play for the national team, and the latter is injured).
I'm thinking a 2-1 win for Mexico. Maybe a 1-1 tie, which would be cause for serious, serious concern in Mexico.
This post was edited by arfabe16 13 months ago
Arfabe....it took you over a hour to come into to deny the piss-throwing of your compatriots. I expected better...... ;)
Oh, no. I know it has happened at stadiums in Mexico. In fact, I know it has happened at the old Santos Laguna stadium (I've seen it in person). But at Azteca? C'mon, that place is tame. Take it from someone who has been to plenty of stadiums in Latin America.
And, like I said, even if it had happened at Azteca... the field is too far in that place. It'd be pointless. Look:
Clarence Goodson, center-back, is out of the Americans tonight in an already depleted back-line. I'm thinking Maurice Edu might need to slide back alongside Gonzalez. We're in rough shape in back. We'll see......
Here's the Mexican line-up. What do you think arfabe....
Ochoa; Meza, Reyes, Moreno, Torres Nilo; Zavala, Salcido; Aquino, Dos Santos, Guardado; Hernández
Yeah, if you're going to use foreign born players, they should be from countries that speak the same language, such as Canada, Jamaica, Jersey, Guernsey, etc........or maybe Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Singapore, and a few other non-native English speaking countries if its convenient.
No Goodson or jones tonight. Should be a very interesting game. Lets go yanks!
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Don't love it. Two main things:
1- Maza Rodriguez has been benched due to his TURRIBLE (insert Charles Barkley voice there) performance in Honduras, but I kind of want him starting against the U.S. due to his size and strength. The U.S. always seems to benefit from its size advantage and score off a set play vs. Mexico, so Maza and his 6'6" body being out is scary.
2- That line-up is VERY defensive. FIVE defenders, at home? Granted, Peralta is injured so there had to be an adjustment, but I was expecting Reyna to start as an offensive mid, which would allow Dos Santos to slide up top. Instead, Chepo has decided to add an extra defender to the starting line-up. This is confusing given the depleted U.S. backline--I thought we'd come out and attack, but the line-up looks a bit tentative.
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USA lineup: Guzan; Cameron, González, Besler, Beasley; Bradley, Edu; Zusi, Dempsey, Gómez; Altidore.
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