Over the course of their long rivalry, Mexico has dominated the United States in men’s soccer. El Tri holds a 35-19-15 all-time record against the Stars and Stripes, and they will look to add to that tally when they head to the Big Apple to take on the USMNT on Friday night. These teams met just two months ago in Chicago at the Gold Cup Final, with Mexico claiming its eighth Gold Cup crown in a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Jonathan Dos Santos.
Don't miss this international friendly from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, September 6, 2019. Catch every moment of the match live on FS1.
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United States +210
Over/Under 2 and 2.5
After missing out on the 2018 World Cup, the USMNT is rebuilding around its youngsters. This is one of the most inexperienced rosters the United States has fielded in a recent friendly with nearly half the roster only playing 10 games or less with the senior team. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and forward Gyasi Zardes are the only two players with 50 or more national team appearances, and manager Gregg Berhalter is likely to play a lot of youngsters in the United States’ two friendlies during the international break.
Tata Martino is going for a much more experienced line-up. Most of Mexico’s stars are coming back for the international break, including all-time leading scorer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who missed the Gold Cup due to injury. Raul Jimenez is returning too despite having a broken wrist, and Hirving Lozano is back after a nice start with new club Napoli. The indomitable Guillermo Ochoa will be in net too, though it’s interesting Mexico didn’t call any young goalkeepers up.
Mexico Player to Watch
Andres Guardado has been El Tri’s hero for over a decade, and the veteran midfielder is set to become the most capped player in Mexican history in 2020. Guardado will be making his 162nd appearance for Mexico in this game, and the 32-year-old midfielder has tallied 28 goals. He is still playing at a high level with La Liga club Real Betis, but he has always made time for the national team over the years. His stewardship will be key.
United States Player to Watch
The Americans are desperate for answers in the midfield. Berhalter selected a lot of young, inexperienced players to the squad in the hopes that some players will emerge as future leaders. None of the midfielders that will be on the field have played more than 20 games for the USMNT, and the most exciting player might be the one set to make his senior team debut.
Paxton Pomykal has had a fantastic season. He was the star of the USMNT U20 team at the U20 World Cup in Poland a few months ago, and he has shined for FC Dallas. Pomykal has been an integral part of their success, and his ability to set things up can’t be overlooked.
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With the USMNT in flux, it’s hard to put any faith in the hosts. Mexico have a proven coach and a more talented team, and although they will be playing on the road, this is the time of year when you want to play in America. There is no real home advantage as the populace turns its attention to American football, so Mexico could be playing in front of a partisan pro-Mexico crowd. Everything is set up for an El Tri win.
Men’s Friendly Soccer Odds: Mexico 2, USA 1
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