USA and Mexico set for World Cup Qualifying Match Tuesday at Estadio Azteca
POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 3:53pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 3:54pm
The U.S. Men's National Team heads to Estadio Azteca on Tuesday, March 26, to face Mexico in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in Mexico City. The game kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
ESPN and Univision are providing extensive coverage for Tuesday's game. Univision Deportes Futbol Club will air for four live hours before the kickoff. Pre-game coverage on ESPN begins at 9:30 p.m. ET, marking the first time ESPN is holding an hour-long lead-in for a World Cup Qualifying match. Additionally, from 7:30-9:30, ESPN Classic is re-airing the USA's 1-0 victory against Costa Rica from Friday, March 22.
In the most recent meeting, the U.S. earned its first victory on Mexican soil, a 1-0 international friendly win on Aug. 15, 2012, at Estadio Azteca. Michael Orozco Fiscal scored his first international goal in the 80th minute and goalkeeper Tim Howard made three saves - including two late stops - en route to the historic victory.
The U.S. and Mexico are part of the six-team Hexagonal along with Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama. The 10-game, round-robin format began on Feb. 6 and will run through Oct.10. The top three teams will automatically advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place team will compete in a two-leg playoff against the champion from the Oceania Confederation.
JERMAINE JONES OUT WITH LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN: U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones has been ruled out of Tuesday's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico after suffering a sprained left ankle in the USA's 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. Jones did not travel with the team to Mexico. Jones received the injury in the first half, which required two stitches during the interval. He continued play until being subbed out in the 83rd minute.
USA vs. MEXICO
• With its first victory on Mexico's home soil last year, the USA is now 1-23-1 all-time in Mexico.
• The lone draw in Mexico was a scoreless stalemate on Nov. 2, 1997, in World Cup Qualifying. The U.S. was reduced to 10 men when Jeff Agoos was shown a red card in the 32nd minute for elbowing Mexico's Pavel Pardo. The USA also was without four regular starters in goalkeeper Kasey Keller (thumb) and midfielders Claudio Reyna (suspension), Tab Ramos (ACL) and Earnie Stewart (calf).
• The U.S. has yet to post a win in Mexico during World Cup Qualifying, holding a 0-13-1 record heading into Tuesday's game.
• The U.S. is 1-8-1 in Estadio Azteca, including a 0-5-1 record in World Cup Qualifying.
• Overall, the USA is 16-32-12 all-time in international competition against Mexico and 5-15-5 in World Cup Qualifying. The USA's 60 previous meetings against Mexico are the most against any country in U.S. Soccer's history.