USA vs Mexico – Tuesday, September 11, 5:30PM PST/8:30 EST – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States
The United States continue their transition period under interims head coach Dave Sarachan. On Saturday the USMNT met Brazil, and despite receiving the expected football lesson, the US-Boys were able to walk away relatively unscathed from the match.
Roberto Firmino (11′ minute) and Neymar (43′ minute) scored the two goals for Brazil in the first half. The second half then saw both sides make several changes with Sarachan opting for five changes and Brazil head coach Tite making six changes to the Seleção. As a result, the flow of the match was mostly gone and while the 32,489 saw several young and upcoming talents in Brazilians Arthur, Everton and Richarlison, as well as exciting US prospect Timothy Weah it was a rather dull match in the second half.
At the same time, the USA men’s soccer program will have plenty to take away from the match. Despite the low scoring result on Brazil’s side, there is still a gap between the very best teams from Europe and South America and this USA team.
The goal is to both close that gap as quickly as possible and to get the team competitive for the next World Cup qualification cycle. Hence, the upcoming match against Mexico will be a much more important benchmark for US soccer.
Mexico, in the meantime, are coming off the back of a World Cup that started so promising but once again ended in disappointment. On matchday 1 El Tri shocked the world by beating 2014 World Cup winners Germany 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
It was a defeat Germany would not recover from. Mexico, in the meantime, collected three points against South Korea but then lost to Sweden on matchday 3, which meant that they had to face Brazil in the round of 16.
Getting past the round of 16 was one of the main objectives for Mexico heading into the tournament. But it was not meant to be as Brazil eliminated El Tri 2-0. As a result, head coach Juan Carlos Osorio packed his bags to take over the Paraguay national team.
In his stead, Tigres UANL Ricardo Ferretti took over Mexico on an interims basis. The 64-year-old Brazilian is now in charge of both his club side and Mexico until the Mexican football federation can find a long-term solution.
Ferretti’s reign has come off to a difficult start as Mexico were defeated 4-1 by Uruguay on Saturday. That match, in particular, shows that Mexico, like the United States, are still some way off the top national teams despite having one of the biggest talent pools in world football.
USA vs Mexico – Players to look out for:
Weston McKennie #6 – United States (Schalke)
Schalke’s midfielder Weston McKennie will be the USMNT player to watch. The 20-year-old already plays a substantial role in the Bundesliga and was one of the main reasons for Schalke’s second-place finish last season. This year, however, he has come off a somewhat slow start and struggled on matchday 2 against Hertha. McKennie played 83 minutes against Brazil on Saturday and is once again expected to patrol the midfield for the USA against Mexico on Tuesday.
Diego Lainez #18 – Mexico (Club América)
The United States have Christian Pulisic, Canada have Alphonso Davies, and Mexico have Diego Lainez. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder was brought on in the 66′ minute against Uruguay for his first ever international cap. One of the biggest talents in the Concacaf region it is only a question of time until the 18-year-old will make the move to Europe. His club América turned down a Roma offer this summer, but it is widely expected that the young Mexican will make the move to Europe either this winter or next summer.
USA vs Mexico – Match Stats
- This will be the 27th time the two countries meet each other.
- The United States have the upper hand over Mexico as their record stands at W11 D5 L10.
- The United States, however, are winless in three matches against Mexico as they drew El Tri 1-1 in World Cup qualification on June 12, 2017, lost 1-2 on November 12, 2016, also in World Cup qualification, as well as the 2015 Gold Cup Final (3-2 extra time).
Futbolgrad Network Prediction: USA vs Mexico – 2-2
USA vs Mexico – Lineups
Bono – Robinson, Brooks, Miazga, Yedlin – Acosta – Green, McKennie, Delgado, Arriola – Zardes
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan
Ochoa – Gallardo, Angulo, Alvarez, Rodríguez – González, Gutiérrez – Lozano, Hernández – Jiménez, Pulido
Head Coach: Ricardo Ferretti
Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and among others works for the Bundesliga and Pro Soccer USA. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which is available HERE. Originally from Munich, Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently is located in Victoria BC, Canada. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.