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

usa mexico 600x600 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:

USA:

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

Mexico:

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 WorldSoccerTalk.com to watch the live post-match reaction with Kartik Krishnaiyer, Kris Heneage and Dave Denholm.


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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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