The United States Men’s National team faces Mexico in a friendly tomorrow at Azteca stadium, where the USA has yet to win. The match is always a heated affair, regardless of the fact that it is merely a friendly game. Since the glorious groin kick on Alexi Lalas and the infamous Landon Donovan urination upon the stadium’s holy grass, these two countries have always had a sincere and mutual hatred when it comes to soccer.
So how does America look to fare in the upcoming match? Based on history, the United States is likely to lose this match. They have never won in the stadium that houses over 100,000 screaming fans. Fortunately, the team that won the Olympics for Mexico will not take part in this game. However, Chicharito of Manchester United will lead the Mexican attack and is sure to create problems for the American defense that will be without usual starting center-backs Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu.
The US is also set to feature without Clint Dempsey, who is the nation’s best player. The Fulham forward is currently discussing a big time transfer to Liverpool and is set to miss out. Thus, the scoring responsibility will fall largely on Landon Donovan and a few key youngsters who have been called up by coach, Jurgen Klinnsman.
One player I hope to see in action will be Chris Wondolowski. He is having a great season with the San Jose Earthquakes and leads the MLS with a dominant 17 goals. He has seen little action in the national team and will be hoping for an opportunity to break into the starting lineup.
This is set to be an extremely tough test for America. Although the match is simply a friendly, this rivalry extends beyond such trivialities. This is a match that both nations desperately want to win. For the United States, pride is on the line too as we haven’t beat Mexico since early 2009. The US also can recall the horrific match that ended the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup hopes for the country when they were beaten 4-2 last year.
Therefore, I expect that America will come out with some real desire to win the game. I boldly predict that the United States will come away winners in a 1-0 grudge match to end the recent woes in the rivalry. The country has yet to conquer this feared stadium so luck will have to be on our side, but I sense that the time is ripe for an American victory.