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

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.

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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.

25 thoughts on “USA vs Mexico; FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Open Thread”

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. Looks like he has an eye infection — pink eye.

      Wasn’t it Michael Carrick who recently sat out of England team duty because he had pink eye?

    1. The USSF wanted to guarantee a home crowd. If they played it in a NFL stadium, there would be more Mexican fans than US fans.

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

    1. 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.

        1. 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.

    2. 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)

  3. 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).

    1. 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.

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