Jan. 30, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Mexico defender Jorge Torres Nilo (20) looks to make a pass during the international friendly match against Denmark in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mexico and Denmark ended in a 1-1 draw. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

CONCACAF: U.S. Versus Mexico Primer

The match between the United States and Mexico, the biggest soccer rivalry in CONCACAF, is just a few hours away.  History favors Mexico in the match up that is built on 75 years of history.  16-32-12 is the United States’ all-time record against Mexico in 60 matches with the only road victory coming on August 15, 2012.  The U.S. is also 1-8-1 at Estadio Azteca.  The United States has gained momentum since 2000, but Mexico has won the big matches.  Will tonight be any different? 

Estadio Azteca is the official home stadium of El Tri and hosts Club America in Liga MX.  It is actually in Santa Ursula although the name is an ode to the Aztec heritage of the general Mexico City area.  It is the only stadium to host two World Cup Finals.  It is also where the “Hand of God” goal was scored.

Azteca is the fifth largest stadium in the world and 105,000 seats are available, but about 94,000 are expected for this evening’s match.  Aside from soccer, it has also hosted some of the largest concerts over the years, including five straight sell out dates for Michael Jackson.

 

The atmosphere is sure to be hostile and there have been plenty of incidents in the past that add to the thunderdome theme.  However, Mexico’s head coach is asking for a little more respect, at least at the beginning of the match.

 

Mexico is a solid team all around and they are led by attacker Javier Hernandez.  Chicharito had two chances against Honduras and buried both.  However, the performance of El Tri has been just a little off.  Gio dos Santos performed well against Honduras, which could bad news for the U.S.  Their right back has been an unstable position.  In goal Guillermo Ochoa has regained the top spot because of his play for Ajaccio.

 

The U.S. has scored at least once in each of the last three trips to Azteca and two attacking styles tonight should lead to more scoring.  For a more thorough look at the Mexican team, check out TSG preview.

Coverage on ESPN starts at 9:30 pm ET with a one hour pre-match show.  The other CONCACAF matches start around the same time as Costa Rica and Jamaica as well as Panama and Honduras begin at 10 pm ET.

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