The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to maintain its dominant run against Mexico when the team hosts its neighbor to the south on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (7:30 p.m. MT, ussoccer.com), followed by a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2; delayed broadcast at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network).
The USA is an impressive 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico. Here is a rundown of the series and memorable meetings between the two sides:
- USA and Mexico will meet for the first time since Sept. 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C., when the U.S. won 7-0 for its largest victory against Mexico since 2002. In that match, Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then Sydney Leroux scored four consecutive goals in a 20-minute span in the first half. Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke) and Morgan Brian added the final goals. Brian’s tally was her first with the WNT.
- The USA’s previous game with Mexico before the one in the nation’s capital came on Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. Carli Lloyd registered her first-career hat trick in that match and Heather O’Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a semifinal berth with the win.
- The USA has dominated the all-time series against Mexico, holding a 27-1-1 record. Before the past two dominating victories, the previous three matches were one-goal affairs, including a 2-1 loss for the USA on Nov. 5, 2010, during 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Cancun, Mexico. That setback forced the USA into the third-place match of that tournament (which it won) and into a two-game playoff against Italy that the Americans took 2-0 on aggregate.
- These will be the third and fourth matches of 2014 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the two games against Canada earlier this year in January and May. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and four matches against Asian teams so far this year.
- Mexico is the third-ranked team in CONCACAF and ranked 25th in the world. With 3.5 berths (in addition to host Canada) available to the CONCACAF region for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Mexico is a favorite to qualify for the tournament.
- Wambach has scored more goals against Mexico than against any other team, pounding in 20 against the USA’s southern neighbors.
On the field vs. Mexico:
Sept. 3, 2013 – RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
USA 7 Wambach 11; Leroux 21, 22, 30, 41; Buehler 55, Brian 72
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 6-Crystal Dunn (22-Leigh Ann Robinson, 56), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (19-Rachel Buehler, 52), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Yael Averbuch, 55), 12-Lauren Holiday, 23-Erika Tymrak (25-Morgan Brian, 70); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach
Substitutions Not Used: 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Vanessa DiBernardo
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
1-Cecilia Santiago; 13-Arianna Romero, 4-Christina Murillo, 3-Bianca Sierra, 2-Kenti Robles; 7-Nayeli Rangel (6-Liliana Mercado, 32), 8-Lupita Worbis;
9-Maribel Dominguez (capt.) (16-Stephany Mayor, 46), 10-Renae Cuellar (5-Paulina Solis, 54), 11-Monica Ocampo, 17-Veronica Perez (18-Sofia Huerta, 63)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Pamela Tajonar, 14-Fabiola Ibarra, 15-Desiree Monsivais
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar