Preview: U.S Men’s National Team vs Mexico

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by JACK HAZZARD

The wait is officially over.

Friday night will air the second largest American spectacle of the week after Tuesday’s Presidential election. The United States Men’s National Team will battle against bitter international rivals Mexico at the historic MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Mexico will be looking to record their first win at MAPFRE stadium Friday night. In the previous four Mexico vs. USA matches in the Columbus Crew Stadium, the USMNT has sent Mexico home with a reoccurring score of 2-0 — or Dos A Cero.

The United States will enter the match hoping to kick off the Hex Stage on the right foot. Previously partaking in underwhelming friendlies against New Zealand and Cuba, Jurgen Klinsmann and company will look to ride their players’ hot form from club play.

After an interesting summer of ups and downs, Mexico will look to defeat their biggest local opposition. With players enjoying successful club careers, Mexico’s head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has the difficult task of producing a cohesive star-studded lineup.


PROJECTED STARTING XI:

UNITED STATES: Tim Howard; DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Matt Besler, Fabian Johnson; Julian Green, Michael Bradley (C), Alejandro Bedoya, Christian Pulisic; Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore

MEXICO: Guillermo Ochoa; Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Rafael Marquez, Miguel Layun; Hiriving Lozano, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado (C), Carlos Vela; Javier Hernandez, Raul Jimenez

Player to Watch: Appearing in his first Mexico vs. USA match, United States prodigy Christian Pulisic will have the opportunity to confirm his hype by performing in Friday’s match. Growing week-in-and-week-out for Bundesliga side BVB Dortmund, the 18-year-old has continued to display moments of brilliance.

X-Factor: Coming off two productive appearances against NYCFC in the MLS Playoffs, Toronto FC stars Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are set to return to the United States starting eleven. Having only five days of rest, eyes will be on the two stars to see if their fitness will allow them to play the full 90. Both Altidore and Bradley have enjoyed impeccable form. If the United States pull off a win, there is no question that these two veterans will lead the way.

How to Watch: Friday, November 11, 2016, at 7:45 PM ET on FS1 and Univision

Location: MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio


Friday night will provide soccer fans with an epic match between one of the world’s fiercest rivals. Both the United States and Mexico rule over CONCACAF, but there is only room for one upon the throne.

With Columbus being the home of dos a cero, I can’t help but predict the same result in this match.

Prediction: USA wins 2-0


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