Despite worries of bad pitch conditions, San Antonio’s Alamodome is expected to host on Wednesday a sold out crowd to witness another chapter in the longstanding soccer rivalry between Mexico and the United States.
The friendly comes in the middle of April and outside of FIFA’s international dates- meaning that both teams will be without key elements playing abroad.
El Tri comes in visibly the better shape, with only one defeat since their heartbreaking exit to the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup.
On the other hand, the USMNT documents only two victories in their nine games after their own World Cup exit.
In his usual fashion, Mexico manager, Miguel Herrera, released his lineup prior to Wednesday’s game.
At goal, Mexico will start Tijuana’s Cirilo Saucedo.
In the defensive line will be Gerardo Flores, Hiram Mier, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Efrain Velarde, and Carlos Salcedo, who will be making his debut with the senior national team.
The midfield will welcome the return of Luis Montes following a tragic injury that kept him out of the World Cup. Montes will captain the team and will be partnered up with Mario Osuna, and Carlos Esquivel.
Finally, Erick “Cubo” Torres and Eduardo Herrera will be the men in charge of leading Mexico’s attack.
Meanwhile, Jürgen Klinsmann didn’t reveal too much ahead of Wednesday’s friendly. It is anticipated that Michael Bradley will lead the USMNT’s midfield, but questions sill linger about who will lead the attack without Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey available.
Where to watch: Wednesday, April 15, 8:30pm EST, Fox Sports 1 and UniMas and Univision Deportes Network
Notable Absentees: Jozy Altidore (suspension), Clint Demspey (hamstring), Michael Orozco (personal), Oribe Peralta (leg), and Jürgen Damm (salmonella)
Head to head record: 32 Mexico wins, 14 draws, and 17 USA wins