USA to host Mexico in high stakes World Cup Qualifier
El Paso, TX — If you thought a USA-Mexico FIFA World Cup Qualifier couldn't get any bigger, think again. The most anticipated match of the Hexagonal, presented by AT&T, now has huge stakes attached, and the drama will unfold Sept. 10 in front of a capacity crowd in Columbus. Kickoff at Columbus Crew Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can follow along on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
A victory for the United States combined with a win or tie for Honduras at home against Panama would clinch passage for the MNT to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The U.S. sits in second place in the group with 13 points, one behind leaders Costa Rica. With its first victory away to Mexico in a World Cup Qualifier, Honduras is now in third place on 10 points. Mexico holds the fourth spot, one point ahead of Panama.
TOP SEVEN NOTES
• Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added four players to the USA roster for the World Cup Qualifier against Mexico, bringing in defender Clarence Goodson and midfielders Joe Corona, Brad Davis and Jose Torres.
• The United States will be without three players who are serving a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron. In addition, Michael Bradley has been ruled out with a sprained left ankle and John Brooks has returned to Hertha Berlin.
• The past three home World Cup qualifiers against Mexico have been held in Columbus, where the United States has posted three consecutive 2-0 victories.
• The United States has never lost in nine games at Columbus Crew Stadium (6-0-3). The U.S. is undefeated (4-0-2) in six straight home qualifiers against Mexico, last losing in 1972.
• Clint Dempsey earned his 100th cap in the game against Costa Rica. With his penalty kick conversion, he became the USA's all-time leading scorer in World Cup Qualifying with 13 career goals.
• Mexico enters the match with a new head coach, having installed Luis Fernando Tena following the 2-1 loss at home to Honduras on Sept. 6 and the subsequent dismissal of Jose Manuel de la Torre.
• More than 9,000 tickets were allotted to the supporters' club sections, which is twice as many as any game previously for the MNT.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Jose Torres (Tigres), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)