DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME:
Qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup returns to focus for the U.S. Menâ€™s National Team ahead of the sixth of 10 qualifying matches for South Africa on Wednesday, Aug. 12, against Mexico. The match, which will be broadcast live on mun2, Telemundo, and the Futbol de Primera Radio Networks, kicks off at 3 p.m. CT from the famed Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Additionally, ESPN will provide unprecedented studio coverage, highlighted by a 30-minute SportsCenter 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Special from outside Estadio Azteca beginning at 2:30 p.m. CT. Following runner-up finishes at the FIFA Confederations Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. resumes the final round of qualifying for the CONCACAF region sitting in second place after five games with 10 points, two points behind top-of-the-table Costa Rica. Mexico is in fourth with six points, one point behind third-place Honduras.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 11/7 SO)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 21/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover: 18/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 2/0), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew: 1/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 16/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Michael Bradley (Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach: 10/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 5/0), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 17/4), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus: 1/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 0/0), JosÃ© Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 5/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Hull City: 8/5), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 15/6), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 2/1), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 30/11)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE: The U.S.-Mexico match will be televised nationally in the U.S. in English on mun2 and in Spanish on Telemundo. NBC Universal has announced that it will be offering mun2 as a free preview on Wednesday, Aug. 12, to all distribution partners. DirecTV and Dish Network have already agreed to unlock mun2 on Aug. 12 (mun2 is currently listed as channel 410 on DirecTV and channel 838 on Dish Network). Fans should check locals listing to confirm channel listings. Phil Schoen will provide play-by-play and former U.S. defender Marcelo Balboa will handle the color commentary for the English broadcast. Additionally, ESPN will provide unprecedented studio coverage, highlighted by a 30-minute SportsCenter 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Special from outside Estadio Azteca beginning at 2:30 p.m. CT. The special marks the first time in its 30-year history that ESPN will air a live remote pre-match show for a soccer event it is not televising. On the radio, the Futbol de Primera radio network will have live coverage from Estadio Azteca. Online, the newly redesigned ussoccer.com will provide live updates via an enhanced MatchTracker, and updates will also be available at www.twitter.com/ussoccer For a list of Official U.S. Soccer Bars that will be showcasing the game, visit ussoccer.com.
BRADLEY AND HOWARD PREVIEW THE MATCHUP: U.S. Menâ€™s National Team head coach Bob Bradley and U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard spoke with media on Monday via teleconference to preview Wednesdayâ€™s matchup. Bradley and Howard are slated to make their coaching and playing debuts, respectively, at the famed Estadio Azteca. Read what they had to say , or listen to the entire call at ussoccer.com.
- Of the 20 players in camp, the U.S. will dress 18 players with a maximum of three substitutions.
- Nine players in this group appeared in the USAâ€™s comprehensive 2-0 victory against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus to start final round qualifying, including ussoccer.com Man of the Match Michael Bradley, who scored both goals that day: Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Bradley, Brian Ching. Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Oguchi Onyewu. For Mexico that day: Nery Castillo, Giovani dos Santos, Aaron Galindo, Alberto Medina, Ricardo Osorio, Carlos Salcido (starters in bold).
- Seventeen players on the U.S. roster return from the group that defeated No. 1-ranked Spain and finished runners up to Brazil in the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.
- The match on Aug. 12 will mark the 57th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 15-30-11 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934.
- The U.S. holds a lifetime record of 0-22-1 on Mexican soil, the lone result a 0-0 draw on Nov. 2, 1997, in Mexico City.
- Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 29 times, with the U.S. holding a 13-8-8 advantage. Five of those games have been played in Mexico â€“ all in Mexico City â€“ with the U.S. posting a 0-4-1 record. Two of those games were played at neutral sites, with the U.S. posting a 2-0 win at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea Republic and prevailing 4-1 in penalties after a 0-0 draw at the 1995 Copa America in Uruguay.
- Mexico has only lost one World Cup qualifier in history at Estadio Azteca, falling to Costa Rica 2-1 on June 16, 2001. Mexico took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, but Costa Rica scored in the 72nd and 86th minutes for the victory.
- Twelve players on Mexicoâ€™s roster were part of the group that defeated the U.S. in the 2009 Gold Cup final, ending the USAâ€™s 9-0-2 home unbeaten run against El Tri that dated back to 1999. Meantime, the U.S. is carrying three players on the current roster from that tournament - Ching, Stuart Holden and Chad Marshall.
- Donovan is the leading capwinner on the U.S. roster with 115 international appearances, collecting four goals in 10 games against Mexico. In addition to Donovan, four other players have scored at least once against Mexico: Altidore, Bradley (2), Benny Feilhaber, and Onyewu.
- Bradley, Bocanegra, Dempsey and Donovan each have 10 starts out of 13 qualifiers in this cycle, tied for the most on the team along with DaMarcus Beasley. Donovan has the most minutes in qualifying on this roster (890), with Bocanegra (880) and Bradley (875) right behind.
- Howard, who earned the Golden Glove award in South Africa as the tournamentâ€™s best goalkeeper, holds an unbeaten 3-0-2 record against Mexico and has posted an impressive five shutouts in seven all-time World Cup qualifying appearances.
- Dempsey, honored with the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the Confederations Cup, tallied three times in South Africa, including goals against Spain and Brazil. Dempsey recorded two game-winning goals in World Cup qualifying last year â€“ against Barbados on June 15 in Carson, Calif., and in the 1-0 win on Sept. 6 in Cuba.
- Altidore (April 1 against T & T), Bradley (Sept. 10, 2008 against T & T; Feb. 11 against Mexico), and Bocanegra (Aug. 20, 2008 @ Guatemala; June 6 vs. Honduras) are the other players on the roster with game-winners in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
- Altidore leads all U.S. scorers in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign with five goals, including a record-setting hat trick performance in the 3-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago. With the three goals, the 19-year-old Altidore became the youngest player in U.S. history to record a hat trick.
- Eighteen of the 20 players on the roster participated in the first two rounds of World Cup qualifying last year. Marshall and Holden are the only two players without qualifying experience in this cycle.
- JosÃ© Francisco Torres â€“ who plays in the Mexican Primera DivisiÃ³n - is the only player on the roster who is not based in Europe or MLS.
- Conor Casey leads MLS in scoring with 11 goals in 14 matches. Donovan sits tied in third place with nine goals in 15 games for the Galaxy, having scored in LAâ€™s last three league games.
Average Age: 25.6 Average Caps: 31.6
Most Caps: 115 (Landon Donovan) Least Caps: 5 (Stuart Holden, JosÃ© Francisco Torres)
Oldest: 31 (Brian Ching) Youngest: 19 (Jozy Altidore)
Play professionally in: USA (7), England (6), Germany (2), France (2), Denmark (1), Mexico (1), Italy (1)
PROCEED WITH CAUTION: Five U.S. players are carrying cautions into the Mexico match, meaning their next yellow card will trigger a one-game suspension: Conor Casey, Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu. The next qualifier for the U.S. is on Sept. 5 against El Salvador in Sandy, Utah.
GAME NO. 18 ON THE WORLD TOUR: Wednesdayâ€™s match represents the 18th international for the U.S. team in 2009, and the 17th game in official competition, which is already the most ever in a calendar year (the previous record was 16 in 2005). The U.S. holds a record of 10-5-2 through the first seven months of the year, scoring 33 goals, surrendering 25, and earning seven shutouts with three different goalkeepers. There have been four games against teams in the top 10 in the world (Spain, Brazil twice, and Italy), the first erasure of a two-goal deficit to earn at least a point in 13 years (against El Salvador), a come-from-behind win at home (against Honduras), and consecutive appearances in international tournament finals.
ONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Itâ€™s not only points that are hard to come by for the U.S. in Mexico. Goals have also proved quite elusive. The tally by Eddie Lewis in the 59th minute of the 2-1 loss at Azteca on March 27, 2005, marked the first U.S. goal on Mexican soil since 1984. That one goal proved decisive, however, since the U.S. went on to finish first in the final round hexagonal. Tied with Mexico on points, the next tie breaker was goal differential in which the U.S. led El Tri by one goal.
HIGH FIVE: Five players on the roster have scored against Mexico, lead by Landon Donovan's four career goals against El Tri. Donovan's strikes against the USA's biggest rival include his first-ever international, the game-tying goal in the 2007 Gold Cup final and of course his picture-perfect header off an Eddie Lewis cross in the 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Michael Bradley posted a pair this past February, firing home from close range to give the USA a 1-0 lead and then sealing the deal with a low drive from 25 to hand the U.S. a 2-0 victory to start the final round of qualifying. Last year's 2-2 draw brought two new scorers against Mexico, Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu earning their first goals in the rivalry. Onyewu powered home a trademark header to open the scoring in Houston, while Altidore nodded home a Drew Moor cross to become, at age 18, the United States' youngest scorer in the modern era. Benny Feilhaber scored one of the decadeâ€™s most memorable goals for the U.S., unleashing a rocket past Oswaldo Sanchez that gave the United States a 2-1 victory in the 2007 Gold Cup final and a berth in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
RIVALRY APPEARANCES: Landon Donovan leads all U.S. players with 10 appearances and four goals against Mexico. Donovan's history against El Tri dates all the way back to 2000, when he scored in his first-ever cap for the national team against Mexico, and he also appeared in the famous FIFA World Cup victory in 2002. Carlos Bocanegra has played Mexico six times in his career while goalkeeper Tim Howard has appeared five times against El Tri. Howard, who has never lost against Mexico, has also recorded two clean sheets. Five players on the roster â€“ Conor Casey, Brad Guzan, Jay DeMerit, JosÃ© Francisco Torres and Charlie Davies - have never appeared against Mexico.
AZTECA EXPERIENCE: Four players on the roster have experience playing in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, and Steve Cherundolo all started as members of a four-person backline on March 27, 2005. Landon Donovan was also in the starting eleven on that day, playing 90 minutes in the USA's 2-1 loss to Mexico. Clint Dempsey was on the substituteâ€™s bench.
LD FILLLING THE RECORD BOOKS: Landon has plastered his name all over the USAâ€™s record books, and this year has been no exception. Already the USAâ€™s all-time leading scorer in both goals and assists, his strike in the 2-1 qualifying win against Honduras on June 6 in Chicago lifted Donovan to the top of the teamâ€™s all-time scoring list in FIFA World Cup qualifying with 11 career goals. Last year, he moved to the top spot of the goalscoring chart when he tallied his 35th career goal, putting home a penalty kick in a 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19, 2008, at The Home Depot Center. With his start against Argentina on June 8 at Giants Stadium, he became the youngest player in U.S. history â€“ and the fourth youngest player in the world â€“ to earn 100 caps.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: With his goal on March 28 in El Salvador, Frankie Hejduk became the 14th different U.S. player to score in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Hejduk joins Carlos Bocanegra (2) and Oguchi Onyewu (1) as the other defenders to score in qualifying. Jozy Altidore leads all scorers (5), with Michael Bradley (4), Brian Ching (4) Clint Dempsey (4), and Landon Donovan (4) just behind him. DaMarcus Beasley (2) has also registered multiple goals. Also on the score sheet with one goal each are Freddy Adu, Kenny Cooper, Charlie Davies, Eddie Johnson and Eddie Lewis, who made his goal count as the game-winner on June 22, 2008, against Barbados.
QUALIFYING UPDATE: After five of 10 games, the U.S. sits in second place in the CONCACAF regionâ€™s FIFA World Cup qualifying, two points behind Costa Rica. The difference between the top two teams in the standings is the result of a 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica suffered by the U.S. on June 3 on the artificial surface of San Joseâ€™s Saprissa Stadium. Following the loss in Costa Rica, the U.S. defeated Honduras on June 6 in Chicago to continue an undefeated run in home qualifiers that dates back to 2001. The road to South Africa started for the U.S. with a 9-0 aggregate win in a two-game series against Barbados, and continued in the fall as the U.S. posted a 5-1-0 record in the CONCACAF semifinal round in a group with Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Cuba.
CONCACAF FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING TABLE: The top three teams in the hexagonal table automatically earn berths to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, while the fourth-place team will face a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place finisher in South America. The next set of games is slated for Aug. 12, when in addition to the U.S. facing Mexico, Honduras will play host to Costa Rica and El Salvador travels to Trinidad & Tobago.
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Costa Rica 5 4 1 0 9 5 +4 12
United States 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4 10
Honduras 5 2 2 1 6 6 0 7
Mexico 5 2 3 0 5 7 -2 6
El Salvador 5 1 2 2 6 7 -1 5
Trinidad & Tobago 5 0 3 2 5 10 -5 2
BY THE NUMBERS: U.S. IN WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
0 â€“ Losses at home in qualifying under Bob Bradley
1 â€“ Players on this roster without an appearance in World Cup qualifying (Holden)
5 â€“ Goals by Jozy Altidore in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
8 â€“ Total clean sheets kept by Tim Howard and Brad Guzan out of 12 games
11 - Goals for Landon Donovan in World Cup qualifying history, the USA's all-time leader
39 â€“ Players with at least one appearance in 2010 World Cup qualifying
IN FOCUS: MEXICO
MEXICO FACT FILE
FederaciÃ³n Mexicana de FÃºtbol AsociaciÃ³n
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Javier Aguirre
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals - 1970, 1986
Caps Leader: Claudio SuÃ¡rez (178)
Top Scorer: Jared Borgetti (46)
Key Players: Gerardo Torrado, Andres Guardado, Nery Castillo
THE BIGGEST GAME: Mexico has endured a challenging year particularly as they seek to qualify for their fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup. After the dissolution of the Sven Goran Eriksson era, Javier Aguirre has taken up the reigns of the national team. Charged with the task of leading El Tri back to the world stage, Aguirre commandeered Mexico to a CONCACAF Gold Cup triumph at the hands of the United States last month. In qualifying, however, the picture is much more troublesome for Mexico. While Mexico was able to hold serve at Azteca (unsurprising considering their near perfcet record at the ground), their dismal away form yielded losses to the U.S., Honduras and El Salvador. Five games in, Mexico sits precariously in fourth position in the qualifying standings and a win against the United States is critical to El Tri's quest to earn a place in South Africa.
ROCKY ROAD: Mexico started the final round with a familiar 2-0 loss to the United States. Michael Bradley scored both goals as the USA ran out to a quick start in the Hexagonal. In the next fixture, Mexico got past Costa Rica at Azteca, winning 2-0 to level their record. Just three days later, however, Mexico were undone by Honduras in San Pedro Sula. The 3-1 loss proved to be embattled manager Sven Goran Eriksson's last game on the sideline for Mexico. Javier Aguirre's first game in charge was hardly any more convincing, with El Tri losing 2-1 to El Salvador in San Salvador. Mexico steadied the ship with a 2-1 victory against Trinidad & Tobago at Azteca, but five games into qualifying their 2-3-0 record is hardly the stuff of a traditional regional power.
ALL HANDS ON DECK: As expected, Aguirre has called upon a large foreign based contingent to supplement the 12 players on the roster that defeated the USA in the Gold Cup final last month. Most of the big names return to the fold, with Ricardo Osorio, Carlos Salcido, Andres Guardado and Nery Castillo all making the trip home from their respective clubs in Europe. One name who is absent from the list is Rafael Marquez, who was sent off when the USA faced Mexico in February of this year. The Mexican captain faced a setback in his bid to return from an injury sustained with Barcelona at the end of last season. There is also a place in the squad for CuauhtÃ©moc Blanco. The aging Blanco has more than 100 caps to his name and has made a recent impact with El Tri following Aguirre's return to the fold.
Mexico Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Guillermo Ochoa (AmÃ©rica), JosÃ© de JesÃºs Corona (Cruz Azul)
DEFENDERS (7): JosÃ© Antonio Castro (Tigres), AarÃ³n Galindo (Guadalajara), EfraÃn JuÃ¡rez (UNAM), Jonny MagallÃ³n (Guadalajara), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Oscar Rojas (AmÃ©rica)
MIDFIELDERS (4): CuauhtÃ©moc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Israel Castro (UNAM), AndrÃ©s Guardado (Deportivo La CoruÃ±a), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)
FORWARDS (6): Nery Castillo (Shakhtar), Guillermo Franco (out of contract), Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham), Miguel Sabah (Monarcas), Carlos Vela (Arsenal)
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BOB ON THE JOB: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 48 games under his belt, seeing 85 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 in full swing, a review of the body of work during the past two years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
- produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup
- won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15)
- won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
- won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008)
- won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland and March 26, 2008 @ Poland)
- won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008 @ Poland)
- played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2)
- played matches on four continents
- posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 94
Goals Against: 54
Record vs. â€¦
CONCACAF: 21-3-4, 56 GF, 23 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 6-4-0, 15 GF, 10 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA
Record when â€¦
Leading at half: 20-2-2
Losing at half: 2-4-1
Tied at half: 9-7-2
On the field for USA in World Cup qualifying
June 6, 2009 â€“ Soldier Field, Chicago â€“ FIFA World Cup qualifier - Final Round
USA 2 Donovan 43 (pk), Carlos Bocanegra 68
Honduras 1 Carlos Costly 5
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 12-Jonathan Spector, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (14-Jay DeMerit, 71), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 8-Clint Dempsey, 2 -Ricardo Clark, 4-Pablo Mastroeni (9-Benny Feilhaber, 46), 10-Landon Donovan; 11-Conor Casey (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 75), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 6-Marvell Wynne, 15-Charlie Davies, 16-Sacha Kljestan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
HON: 18-Noel Vallardes; 14-Mauricio Sabillon, 2-Osman Chavez, 6-Mario Beata, 3-Maynor Figueroa; 13-Carlos Costly, 7-Amado Guevara (capt.), 4-Hendry Thomas, 10-Ramon Nunez (15-Walter Martinez, 79); 9-Carlos Pavon (16-Georgie Welcome, 67), 8-Wilson Palacios (17-Danilo Turcios, 66)
Subs not used: 1-Junior Morales, 5-Erick Norales, 11-Allan Lalin, 12-Emilio Izaguirre
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda
On the field for Mexico in World Cup qualifying
June 10, 2009 â€“â€“ Estadio Azteda, Mexico City, Mexico â€“ FIFA World Cup qualifier - Final Round
2 Guillermo Franco 2, Oscar Rojas 48
Trinidad & Tobago 1 Hayden Tinto 46+
MEX: 1-Oscar Perez; 5-Ricardo Osorio, 3-Carlos Salcido, 2-Francisco Rodriguez, 6-Oscar Rjoas; 18-Andres Guardado, 8-Israel Castro, 16-Carlos Esquivel (7-Alberto Medina, 52); 9-Nery Castillo (14-Miguel Sabah, 35), 10-Cuauhtemoc Blanco (capt.), 11-Guillermo Franco (17-Giovani Dos Santos, 75
Subs not used: 4-Aaron Galindo, 12-Jose Cardenas, 13-Guillermo Ochoa, 15-Fernando Arce
Head Coach: Javier Aguirre
TRI: 1-Clayton Ince; 11-Carlos Edwards, 4-Marvin Andrews, 2-Makan Hislop, 3-Radanfah Abu-Bakr; 10-Hayden Tinto, 17-Dwight Yorke (capt), 7-Christopher Birchall, 8-Trent Noel (16-Silvio Spann, 72), 9-Keon Daniel (13-Kerry Baptiste 80); 15-Kenwyne Jones (6-Devon Jorsling 54)
Subs not used: 5-Keyeno Thomas, 12-Collin Samuel, 14-Densill Theobald, 18-Marvin Phillip
Head Coach: Russell Latapy
On the field for USA vs. Mexico
July 26, 2009 â€“ Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. â€“ 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
Mexico 5 Gerrardo Torrado 57 (pk), Giovani dos Santos 64, Carlos
Vela 70, Israel Castro 79, Guillermo Franco 90
USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 16-Jay Heaps, 4-Chad Marshall, 3-Clarence Goodson, 2-Heath Pearce; 10-Stuart Holden, 8-Logan Pause (20-Santino Quaranta, 64), 5-Kyle Beckerman (15-Sam Cronin, 81), 7-Robbie Rogers; 11-Brian Ching (capt.), 22-Davy Arnaud (17-Kenny Cooper, 64)
Subs not used: 13-Colin Clark, 14-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Brad Evans, 23-Jon Busch
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa; 15-Juan Antonio Castro, 21-Juan Valenzuela, 2-Jonny MagallÃ³n, 5-Fausto Pinto; 6-Gerardo Torrado (capt.), 22-Efrain Juarez, 8-Israel Castro (16-Carlos Esquivel, 89); 17-Giovani Dos Santos, 14-Miguel Sabah (10-Guillermo Franco, 70), 7-Alberto Medina (11-Carlos Vela, 46)
Subs not used: 3-Ismael Rodriguez, 12-Jose Coronoa, 13-Pablo Barreja, 19-Luis Noriega
Head Coach: Javier Aguirre
On the field for USA vs. Mexico in World Cup Qualifying
Feb. 11, 2009 â€“ Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio â€“ FIFA World Cup qualifier - Final Round
USA 2 Michael Bradley 43, 92+
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 15-Heath Pearce; 8-Clint Dempsey, 4-Michael Bradley, 16-Sacha Kljestan (13-Ricardo Clark, 86), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 10-Landon Donovan, 11-Brian Ching (9-Jozy Altidore, 83)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 6-Jonathan Bornstein, 14-Danny Califf, 17-Jose Francisco Torres, 12-Marvell Wynne
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 1-Oswaldo Sanchez; 2-Aaron Galindo, 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Rafael Marquez (capt.), 5-Ricardo Osorio; 6-Leandro Augusto, 12-Alberto Medina (15-Antonio Naelson, 60), 8-Pavel Pardo; 11-Carlos Ochoa, 10-Nery Castillo (14-Israel Martinez, 34), 17-Giovani dos Santos (9-Omar Bravo, 72)
Subs not used: 13-Guillermo Ochoa, 18-Leobardo Lopez, 7-Luis Perez, 16-Guillermo Franco
Head Coach: Sven-Goran Eriksson