USA and Archrival Mexico Meet in Massive CONCACAF Cup Clash – Winner earns bid to 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia

The match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Univision and the Univision Deportes Network.

PASADENA, Calif – A sold out crowd of 90,000 fans awaits the marquee matchup for the U.S. Men’s National Team this year. On Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the MNT faces off with its archrival Mexico in the winner-take-all CONCACAF Cup, which grants the victor a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

The match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Univision and the Univision Deportes Network.

U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called a 23-player roster loaded with experience to Pasadena, which includes seven players with 50 or more caps and four – DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard – that have surpassed 100 appearances for the United States. Sixteen of the 23 players were a part of the USA’s 2014 World Cup Roster.

Klinsmann, as a player and coach, has never lost to Mexico in 11 games (5-0-5 all time), while the U.S. MNT is unbeaten in the last four years with a 3-0-3 record against Mexico under Klinsmann’s guidance, including the team’s first victory against El Tri on Mexican soil in 2012.

This CONCACAF Cup could not have come against a fiercer rival for the USA. The teams have a history that dates back to 1934 . While Mexico leads the series all time, the U.S. has seized the momentum in recent years and has dominated at home, amassing a 10-2-4 record against El Tri on U.S. soil since 2000. The teams most recently met in April in San Antonio, where the U.S. triumphed 2-0, a score line that the MNT has matched nine times and spawned the famous boast “Dos a Cero”.

The USA’s place in the CONCACAF Cup was secured when it won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico won the 2015 edition of the Gold Cup to qualify for this weekend’s playoff that will send the winner to the 2017 Confederations Cup, which serves as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. has participated in the Confederations Cup four times, finishing as the runner-up in 2009 after defeating then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinal.

Oct. 10 offers an especially large opportunity for U.S. Soccer. Along with the Mexico game, the Under-23 Men’s National Team will face Honduras in the semifinal of the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The USA can clinch a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a win. The U-23s got off to a strong start in the tournament, topping their group with a perfect 3-0-0 record with a +11 goal differential. Their critical game against Honduras kicks off at 1 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on Telemundo.

U.S. Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federacion Mexicana de Futbol (FMF)
Founded: 1927
FIFA affiliation: 1929
Head Coach: Ricardo Ferretti
FIFA World Ranking: 18
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinal, 1970, 1986
Leading Cap-Winner: Claudio Suarez (178)
Leading Goalscorer: Jared Borgetti (46)

MEXICO ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Moises Munoz (Club America/Mexico); Alfredo Talavera (Toluca/Mexico); Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey/Mexico)
DEFENDERS (8) : Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Israel Jimenez (Tigres/Mexico); Miguel Layun (Porto/Portugal); Rafael Marquez (Hellas Verona/Italy); Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad/Spain); Arturo Rivas (Tigres/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Javier Aquino (Tigres/Mexico); Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven; Netherlands); Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto/Portugal); Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Carlos Esquivel (Toluca/Mexico), Javier Güémez (Club America/Mexico); Elias Hernandez (Club Leon/Mexico); Hector Herrera (Porto, Portugal)
FORWARDS (4): Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany); Raul Jimenez (Benfica/Portugal); Oribe Peralta (Club America/Mexico); Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain);

Jurgen Klinsmann Fact File

Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th head coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

Overall, Klinsmann has a 42-19-14 record, third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include: Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (42), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013 to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 17-0-3 in its past 20 matches on home soil.
He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament-record 20 goals.
Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 4-3-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected six historic victories:
Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time
Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
Beating Netherlands and Germany on the road this June
Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
Klinsmann was named Germany’s National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club, Bayern Munich.
As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981-98 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

This Week on ussoccer.com:

– The Confederations Cup: Its Past and Future Importance for the U.S. MNT

– U.S. MNT Looking for Revenge at The Rose Bowl

– Master over Mexico: Jurgen Klinsmann is 5-0-5 All-Time Against El Tri

– Goal Scoring Form: Altidore, Williams, Wondolowski On Target for Their Clubs Ahead of Mexico Clash

– MNT Faces First Playoff in 39 Years

– Agent of History: Michael Orozco and the MNT’s First Win in Mexico

– Captain Claudio Recalls the Greatest “Dos a Cero” of All

– Josh Wolff and the Spark that Set the “Dos a Cero” Fire

– Like the First Time? MNT Defeats Mexico in Inaugural 1934 Meeting

– USMNT Builds Up to CONCACAF Cup

LAST TIME:

On the field against Mexico:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
MEX 0 0 0

USA – Jordan Morris 49th minute
USA – Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley) 72

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 14-Greg Garza (11-Brek Shea, 46); 15-Kyle Beckerman (21-Perry Kitchen, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Brad Evans, 80), 7-Joe Corona (9-Miguel Ibarra, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Jordan Morris (17-Juan Agudelo, 65)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 13-Lee Nguyen, 16-Julian Green, 18-Chris Wondolowski
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 12-Cirilo Saucedo; 21-Hiram Mier (3-Oswaldo Alanis, 46), 2-Francisco Rodriguez (8-Luis Rodriguez, 60), 13-Carlos Salcedo (4-Julio Cesar Dominguez, 46); 7-Efrain Velarde, 17-Mario Osuna, 18-Carlos Esquivel, 15-Gerardo Flores (6-George Corral, 67); 10-Luis Montes (capt.) (5-Antonio Rios, 79), 9-Erick Torres, 20-Eduardo Herrera (19-Marco Bueno, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jonathan Orozco, 16-Adrian Aldrete
Head coach: Miguel Herrera

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