The US national team renew their rivalry with Mexico in Wednesday night’s friendly clash in San Antonio, with a capacity crowd of more than 65,000 expected at the Alamodome when the two sides meet for the 64th time.
With the match scheduled on a non-FIFA date, both teams are missing several of their star names but US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is expecting no love lost between CONCACAF’s two main powerhouses.
“It’s a huge opportunity playing Mexico in any kind of environment and in any kind of game,” he told US Soccer ahead of the match. “This is a roster of mostly MLS players, with some Liga MX players coming in and DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green, two European-based players that were allowed to come over.
“I see this kind of a game as a huge opportunity for players to come in and play in front of a sold-out stadium and loud crowd, a lot maybe pro-Mexico, but these are the games where you mature and where you try to express yourself and show what you have, and therefore we are thankful that we can play this game.”
The US and Mexico’s most recent encounter was on April 2, 2014, in a World Cup tune-up in Glendale, Arizona, that ended 2-2.
The home side remain undefeated against El Tri during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure, recording two wins and three draws, including victories at the Estadio Azteca – their first at the famed stadium – and a 2-0 result in Columbus which sealed World Cup qualification.
With Klinsmann’s squad for the match in San Antonio also containing seven names with ties south of the border, in Omar Gonzalez, Greg Garza, Ventura Alvarado, Joe Corona, Miguel Ibarra, Nick Rimando and William Yarbrough, there will be some added spice to the contest.
Gonzalez, Garza, Alvarado, Corona and Rimando are all in tonight's starting XI, along with Tottenham Hotspur's DeAndre Yedlin, college product Jordan Morris, who is making his first start, and the MLS-based contingent.