World Cup 2010 Qualifier: USA vs. Mexico

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The United States men’s national soccer team will try once again to beat Mexico on its home turf this afternoon (August 12) as the CONCACAF regional rivals collide in a 2010 World Cup Qualifier.

The U.S. roster is quite similar to that of the Confederations Cup, but coach Bob Bradley implied that there will be changes from the starting 11 that beat Spain in the semifinals of that tournament.

Certainly all eyes will be on Team USA’s all-time leading scorer— Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy— who has 41 goals in 115 international games (11 goals in WC qualifying matches).

A win would put the Americans on their sixth consecutive World Cup. A defeat for Mexico could be a sharp blow for a squad already struggling to move into South Africa.

The game will be played at the 105,000-seat Estadio Azteca, a site where The Yanks have never won. The only goal scored by the U.S. at the colossal structure in the past 25 years came in its previous visit four years ago.

Playing at three in the afternoon in Mexico City is hot and that’s a huge factor against the U.S. However, we think the Americans have a better chance to claim victory, because the pressure for “El Tri” is high. Forget about their embarrassing 5-0 defeat against the Mexicans in the Gold Cup final—a lot of top U.S. players were not present in that match.

The battle starts at 4:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. Pacific).

UPDATE: View the results and game highlights here: Mexico vs USA – CONCACAF 2010 World Cup Qualifier (results)