American soccer fans have had this match circled on their calendar for quite some time. After losing to Jamaica in the Gold Cup, the United States have an opportunity for redemption on Saturday evening in front of a sold out crowd at the Rose Bowl.
This is the latest installment of a fierce rivalry between the United States and Mexico. Saturday night serves as a one-game playoff between the past two winners of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. The winner of the match will represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
This is by far the biggest match the US have played since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They have the opportunity for a big victory against their rival after a disappointing year of international play following the World Cup.
Here is what you need to know about Saturday’s match between Mexico and the United States:
Mexico vs. United States
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Rose Bowl; Pasadena, California
The US defeated Mexico 2-0 in an international friendly on April 15, 2015 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
In late July, Mexico fired manager Miguel Herrera after a physical altercation with a journalist. Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti will serve as the interim manager for the match against the United States. Sao Paulo FC manager Juan Carlos Osorio will become the new manager, but he is not expected to officially take over until later in the month.
Regardless of the transition, Mexico will be ready to play. They are coming off a solid Gold Cup performance and the pressure is on the United States to get a win in front of the home crowd.
United States Preview
The pressure is on Jurgen Klinsmann to get a win in Saturday’s match. Landon Donovan and others have suggested the manager be fired if the United States lose to Mexico. The national team has not looked right since the 2014 World Cup. They are coming off an early exit from the Gold Cup as well as an embarrassing loss to Brazil in an international friendly.
United States 2, Mexico 1
The United States is under a lot of pressure to beat Mexico and advance to the Confederations Cup. The US have the advantage of hosting the game as well as playing a Mexico team that will be led by an interim manager. Expect a physical, close contest. In the end, Klinsmann will get the United States back to their winning ways and leave the Rose Bowl with a narrow victory which will send them to Russia for the 2017 Confederations Cup.