The United States Mens National Team takes on its arch enemy from Mexico tonight and although this is a one-off match and not in an FIFA International Window, there is still plenty to look at from this match.
The Goal for the USA: play well, and get a victory.
What To Watch For:
1) It is just a friendly: In most cases I would say, it is just a friendly. Let's not freak out about the result. But this is your big rival and you want to do well regardless of when or where you play them. When the Colorado Rapids play Real Salt Lake, we want to win regardless of if it is in preseason or the playoffs. So yes, I get that this is just a friendly, but don't tell me that the USMNT does not want to get one over on El Tri.
2) SodGate: Well we have heard it--the grass in the Alamodome is not 100% perfect. Well what do people think? It is real grass put down on concrete! It is not going to be great. End of story.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The playing surface at the Alamodome. Not exactly pristine. Looks better suited for the inside of a sketchy van: <a href="http://t.co/x3pLDNYyMz">pic.twitter.com/x3pLDNYyMz</a></p>— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) <a href="https://twitter.com/SoccerByIves/status/588098227695648769">April 14, 2015</a></blockquote>
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3) The defense has been shoddy at best: it is not a secret that the backline of the USMNT has been poor since Brazil. This is a known known, but this match offers a chance to reverse that trend. With the likes of Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler on the roster there is a chance that their familiarity with each other will created a more unified pairing at center back. Also Brek Shea and DeAndre Yedlin are expected to play, so this bodes well for the Red, White and Blue.
Some Fun Facts:
- The United States is 17-32-14 all-time against Mexico and is unbeaten in the last five games between the two teams.
- Since 2000, the USA has posted a 12-5-5 record against Mexico, including a 10-2-4 record at home during that span.
- The most recent encounter was April 2, 2014, in a World Cup tune-up that ended in a 2-2 draw. Michael Bradley tallied three points, scoring the game's first goal and assisting on Chris Wondolowski's. Rafael Marquez and Alan Pulido scored in the second half for Mexico.
- The U.S. has gone 2-0-3 against Mexico during Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure as head coach, including the USA's first victory against Mexico at Estadio Azteca , and the 0-0 draw away in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup .
- It has been almost four full years since the U.S. last loss to El Tri. That defeat came in the final of the 2011 Gold Cup when Mexico defeated the USA 4-2. Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan scored goals for the U.S., which jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first 25 minutes. Mexico would rally to score the next four goals, a pair of from Pablo Barrera and goals from Andres Guardado and Giovani dos Santos.
- U.S. goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Mexico's Luis Montes both play for Liga MX Club León. Greg Garza and Joe Carona are Liga MX teammates with Mexico's Cirilo Saucedo at Club Tijuana.
How To Watch:
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 PM MDT
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Television: FoxSports1 and UniMas
OnLine: Univision Deportes Network
Local Viewing Party: With the Rapids at The Thirsty Lion--1605 Wynkoop Street, Denver