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USA vs Mexico; FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Open Thread

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One of the biggest soccer rivalries in this hemisphere kicks off tonight at 8pm ET on ESPN as the United States plays Mexico in a FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier. If the United States wins, while Honduras prevents Panama from winning, the USA will clinch qualification to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Don’t underestimate Mexico though. The team from south of the border have a new coach, and will want to acquire the bragging rights to who the best team is in North America — at least for a short period of time.

The United States has not conceded any goals at home in the FIFA World Cup qualification process. Plus, the US has not lost a competitive match on US soil since June 2011. This should be quite a match indeed.

Starting lineups:


Howard; F. Johnson, Goodson, Gonzalez, Beasley; Jones, Beckerman; Bedoya, Dempsey, Donovan; E. Johnson

Subs: Jóhannsson, Davis, Guzan, Castillo, Zusi, Corona, Torres, Diskerud, M. Orozco, Parkhurst, Rimando


Corona; Mier, Reyes, Moreno, Salcido; Arce, Zavala, Giménez, Guardado; dos Santos, Chicharito.

Subs:: Reyna, Talavera, Alvarez, Rodriguez, Torrado, Herrera, Aquino, J. Orozco, Torres Nilo, Peralta, Jiminez, Meza

Before, during or after tonight’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below. In the meantime, vote in the poll below and let us know who you think will be the victor tonight.

Editor’s note: After tonight’s USA vs Mexico game, be sure to log on to to watch the live post-match reaction with Kartik Krishnaiyer, Kris Heneage and Dave Denholm.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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25 Responses to USA vs Mexico; FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    Fair play to the US fans for not booing or hissing the Mexican national anthem. Good sportsmanship.

  2. Mufc77 says:

    Enough with these stupid fair play speeches before games.

    Having watched football coverage on NBC for weeks having to listen to these idiots on ESPN is hurts my ears.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      I agree with you about the fair play speeches. To me, it’s a token gesture. I don’t believe that the players actually believe them.

  3. Leo says:

    What happened to Landon’s eye?

  4. Mufc77 says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t choose a bigger stadium for the game as they could easily sell out a NFL stadium.

  5. Christopher Harris says:

    Excellent atmosphere created by the US fans in Columbus Crew Stadium. This is putting England fans (and other countries) to shame.

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      Agreed. I’m feeling some pride for my adoptive country. Terrific stuff by the crowd. Singing he national anthem too. Hey NFL, this is real atmosphere, not the manufactured rubbish you guys create.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        I still don’t get how people love American Football. But that’s a topic for another day ;)

        • Mufc77 says:

          I got about 8 minutes in to Monday night football and had to turn if off because of the constant break for commercials. At one point I timed it at 4 minutes 53 seconds of commercials between a turnover in downs. How people can watch sports like that is beyond me.

    • Marc L says:

      Yeah definitely good atmosphere. I can see why they wanted this as the venue (that and the “Mexican fans overrunning a bigger NFL stadium” thing)

  6. Christopher Harris says:

    Good first half performance by the US. They’re in control of the match, and had a couple of good chances.

    Should be a great second half.

    BTW, we’ve got a live video show at 10pm ET tonight on the homepage, so stick around and listen in to the post-match debate and analysis, as well as post any questions or comments you have if you want them read on-air. It’ll be Kartik, Dave Denholm (FOX Soccer) and Kris Heneage (ESPN FC).

  7. Christopher Harris says:

    GOAL USA! Excellent header by Eddie Johnson, but where was the marking Mexico?

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    Damn. Turned over for a few minutes to watch Obama and missed the goal!

  9. Marc L says:

    Get IN!

    Great work by that sub Diskerud.

    • jtm371 says:

      Marc L
      glad to see your back hope you were not detained by the NSA.great match what could be better USA qualifies and mexico is a step closer to not qualifying.

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    Game set and match. Killer ball in the six yard box. Well done USA!

  11. Smokey Bacon says:

    Dear oh dear. Terrible penalty again by Dempsey.

  12. Dean Stell says:

    I was there. It was beyond awesome. Probably the best live sporting event of my life.

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