The United States and Mexico will renew their fierce rivalry Aug. 15 at Azteca Stadium, the first friendly in Mexico City between the regional powers in 28 years.
The sides have met regularly for decades but almost always in tournaments, World Cup qualifiers and U.S.-based friendlies. The kickoff time has not been set. ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Univision will provide live coverage.
This encounter falls on a FIFA fixture date, allowing both coaches to request their top players. However, with European clubs back together for league play, some players might ask to skip this international call-up.
Other than the Mexico game, the U.S. squad won’t regroup again until early September for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.
It marks the 60th official meeting between the USA and Mexico — El Tri leads the series 32-15-12 — and falls one year since the previous showdown, a 1-1 draw in Philadelphia in Juergen Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut.
The Americans’ all-time away record against Mexico is 0-23-1, with the draw coming in a 1998 World Cup qualifier.
For a numbers breakdown of the USA-Mexico series.....
59 matches: U.S. record is 15-32-12
25 friendlies (7-12-6)
6 Gold Cup (2-4-0)
1 Copa America (0-0-1)
1 Confederations Cup (0-1-0)
1 World Cup (1-0-0)
25 World Cup qualifiers (5-15-5)
Of the past 10 meetings, only three were friendlies — a win and two draws for the Americans at home. The other seven came in the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying.
USA in Mexico City: 0-19-1
USA in Mexico: 0-23-1
USA friendlies in Mexico City: 0-5-0
USA friendlies in Mexico: 0-8-0
Only away point: 0-0 World Cup qualifier in November 1997, Steve Sampson vs. Bora Milutinovic.