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John Strong and Stu Holden to commentate USA-Mexico game


FOX Sports has announced that John Strong and Stu Holden will announce Friday’s USA vs. Mexico game, which will air live on FS1 and Sling Blue beginning at 8pm ET.

Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage live from a field-level set at MAPFRE Stadium, where the United States has dominated the previous four qualifiers against El Tri, all by scores of 2-0, inspiring the rally cry, “Dos a Cero.” Herculez Gomez, former U.S. Men’s National Team player Alexi Lalas and Fernando Fiore serve as analysts at the studio desk.

Once the action begins on the field, sideline reporters Jenny Taft and Francisco X. Rivera will be available for Strong-Holden to call on as needed.

SEE MORE: Schedule of World Cup qualifiers on US TV and streaming

Speaking of the aforementioned Herculez Gomez, the Seattle Sounders FC forward rejoins FOX Sports for the November 11 match. Gomez travels to Columbus to join the studio team during an extended break in MLS playoff action, prior to his team’s Western Conference Championship series against the Colorado Rapids on November 22.

Coverage on FS1 and Sling Blue begins at 7:00 PM ET with a 60-minute pregame show leading into the match at 8:00 PM ET. Immediately following the final whistle, FS2 presents analysis and commentary during a special hour-long postgame show.

FS1’s coverage includes an exclusive sit-down interview with American breakout star Christian Pulisic, who has burst onto the international soccer scene with German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund.

Friday’s match is both teams’ first in “The Hex,” the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. The hexagonal event features six teams, each playing each other twice – once home and once away. The top three teams are guaranteed spots in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the fourth-place finisher qualifying for a playoff for an additional spot.

SEE MORE: Tickets still available for USA-Mexico game on secondary market

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