Mexico National Soccer Team To Play August Friendly Against United States At Azteca
After playing four times since 2009, the United States and Mexico national soccer teams have a very serious rivalry brewing. These matches included close finishes and the highly publicized Gold Cup final before a sold out crowd at the Rose Bowl for the continental championship, which Mexico won 4-2.
The last time that Mexico and the United States met was last August when they played a friendly at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, finishing in a 1-1 draw. It seems these teams can’t get enough of this competition because the two will square off again at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico. The date is tentatively set for August 21, 2012.
Mexico is the top team in the region and this match will only help prepare El Tri for World Cup qualifying. Mexico will begin the semifinal round of qualifying with two matches in June before playing two more matches in September and two more in October to wrap up the round of qualifying for 2014.
Playing the friendly at Azteca is a big change for these teams. The last time the two teams met in Mexico for a match that wasn't a World Cup qualifier was in 1999. Since then, they have played seven friendlies, three Gold Cup finals and a U.S. Open Cup match, all on U.S. soil, in addition to a World Cup match in South Korea.
Expect high drama in the lead-up to this contest and a very closely matched game, as each team will expect to put on an impressive performance. Mexico is also set to take on Brazil this summer in Dallas, TX and have a match against Colombia lined up for February 29 in Miami, FL.