USA-Mexico Facts & Figures
The United States and Mexico will face-off on Monday, June 17, in a World Cup Round of 16 match in Jeonju, Korea. Here is a look at the history of the rivalry between the two sides.
June 15, 2002
ARENA vs. MEXICO: The U.S. and Mexico have played seven times since Bruce Arena took over the Men’s National Team late in 1998. In those seven matches, the U.S. has posted four wins and three losses – two of those losses coming in Mexico City.
RECORD vs. MEXICO UNDER BRUCE ARENA: 4-3-0 (GF 9, GA 4)
04/03/02: Denver, Colo. - 1-0 W - Mathis scores game’s only goal.
07/01/01: Mexico City - 0-1 L - Borgetti scores to Mexico a must-win match under new coach Aguirre
02/28/01: Columbus, Ohio - 2-0 W - Wolff and Mathis lead U.S. to key qualifying win in chilly Columbus
10/25/00: Los Angeles - 2-0 W - Donovan scores his first international goal and assists on the second
06/11/00: E. Rutherford, N.J. - 3-0 W - U.S. tops Mexico to win Nike U.S. Cup
08/01/99: Mexico City - 0-1 L - Blanco’s overtime goal knocks out U.S. in Confederations Cup semi
03/13/99: San Diego, Calif. - 1-2 L - Arena gets first loss as U.S. coach, Mexico gets third straight Nike U.S. Cup title
U.S. – MEXICO HISTORY: In a historic rivalry that dates back to 1934 (a 4-2 U.S. win in Rome), the U.S. and Mexico have met 46 times, with Mexico having a decided advantage. Mexico leads the all-time series with 28 wins to the USA’s nine wins (the teams have drawn nine times), and Mexico has outscored the U.S. 109-50. But the U.S. has had the better of play recently, winning four of the last five matches.
ALL-TIME WON-LOSS-TIE RECORD: 9-28-9 (GF 50, GA 109)
U.S. – MEXICO WORLD CUP HISTORY: Although Mexico and the U.S. have battled for 68 years, the teams have never met in a FIFA World Cup. But they have met in plenty of qualifying matches. In fact, the teams' first meeting – May 24, 1934 in Rome, Italy – was a World Cup qualifier. The U.S. topped Mexico 4-2 and went on to play in the World Cup three days later. The two rivals have played in 21 qualifying matches, with Mexico having a decided advantage in wins (13-3) and goals (61-23).
ALL-TIME WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: 3-13-5 (GF 23, GA 61)
U.S. – MEXICO IN THE 90s – A RIVALRY RENEWED: The bitter rivalry that now exists between the U.S. and Mexico festered in the 1990s, when the teams battled 14 times, after playing just four times from 1978-1990. In the 1990s, the teams had a number of memorable battles, including one of the USA’s finest performances of the 90s, a 4-0 win in Washington, D.C., and a pair of dramatic draws in qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. In the 1990s the U.S. won three times, drew six matches and lost five. Since 1990, the U.S. has been on top of the rivalry, winning seven matches, losing six and drawing six.
RECORD SINCE 1990: 7-6-6 (GF 23, GA 18)
U.S. AND MEXICO AT THE 1995 COPA AMERICA: Prior to this Monday's World Cup showdown with Mexico in Jeonju, Korea, the yardstick by which all USA-Mexico match-ups has been measured against was the teams' 1995 Copa America quarterfinal clash in Paysandu, Uruguay on July 17, 1995. In the quarterfinal, the teams fought to a 0-0 draw, and the U.S. eventually eliminated the Mexicans easily in penalty kicks, 4-1. Veterans Paul Caligiuri, Frank Klopas, Joe-Max Moore and Eric Wynalda scored on all four attempts for the U.S., while Brad Friedel stopped two of three Mexican penalty kicks in the shootout. In addition to Friedel and Moore, Cobi Jones, Claudio Reyna and Earnie Stewart were all in the starting lineup for the U.S. in that triumph. The USA had qualified for the quarterfinal after a 3-0 thrashing of Argentina in the team's final group match. In the semifinals, the U.S. eventually lost to Brazil 1-0 and then Colombia 4-1 in the third-place game.
DONOVAN DEBUTS VS. MEXICO: Landon Donovan made his international debut against Mexico on October 25, 2000. Playing a first game with the National Team is always memorable, but Donovan’s performance made his debut more than memorable, he made it historic. Donovan scored the gamewinner and then set up Josh Wolff for the game’s second goal, recording a goal and an assist in his first match with the full team. Since then, Donovan has played against Mexico once, starting in the 1-0 win on April 3.
WOLFF EARNS FIRST GOAL, FIRST ASSIST, FIRST GAMEWINNER VS. MEXICO: In his four-year career with the U.S. Men’s National Team, U.S. forward Josh Wolff has already produced two career highlights against the USA’s southern border rivals. The former South Carolina star scored his first two goals and recorded his first – and to date only – assist against Mexico. Wolff scored his first goal against Mexico on October 25, 2000, in the USA’s 2-0 win in Los Angeles. Four months later, Wolff scored his second goal with the U.S. team, this one coming as the gamewinner in the February 28, 2001, World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio. In the same match Wolff also set up Earnie Stewart for the game’s second goal.
-- RECENT USA vs. MEXICO GAME RECAPS --
MATHIS PUSHES U.S. TO 1-0 WIN OVER MEXICO IN DENVER: An impressive second-half performance from the U.S. Men’s National Team this evening saw the U.S. take a well-earned 1-0 victory over arch-rival Mexico in front of 48,476 fans at Denver’s INVESCO Field at Mile High. The lone U.S. goal came in the 66th minute when forward Clint Mathis finished a ball into an empty net from six yards out after Mexican defender Manual Vidrio and goalkeeper Oscar Perez collided as they tried to corral a looping pass out of the midfield from U.S. defender Carlos Llamosa. For Mathis, the goal marked the seventh consecutive start in which he had scored at least one point for the U.S. The USA has now won four straight home matches against Mexico, all by shutout, outscoring their southern neighbors 8-0 in those matches. “We are obviously very happy with the win today,” said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. “Anytime we can beat a quality team like Mexico we have to be happy. I thought in the first half, the Mexican team did a great job pressuring us and we were fortunate to go into halftime even. We played extremely well in the second half and deserved to win the game.”
April 3, 2002 – 8 p.m. MT kick-off
Invesco Field at Mile High (Denver, Colorado)
USA – Clint Mathis (Carlos Llamosa), 66th minute.
USA: 1-Tony Meola; 5-Frankie Hejduk; 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 23-Eddie Pope, 3-Greg Vanney (2-Carlos Llamosa, 46); 8-Richard Mulrooney; 13-Cobi Jones (capt.) (10-Brian Maisonneuve, 69), 11-Clint Mathis, 21-Landon Donovan (17-Brian West, 77), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 9-Ante Razov (15-Josh Wolff, 46).
MEX: 12-Oscar Perez; 5-Manuel Vidrio, 20-Melvin Brown, 3-Heriberto Morales; 22-Alberto Rodriguez (15-Javier Saavedra, 46), 14-German Villa (13-Sigifredo Mercado, 57), 7-Braulio Luna, 16-Jesus Mendoza (10-Adolfo Bautista, 46), 19-Gabriel Caballero (18-Johan Rodriguez, 57);11-Daniel Osorno (8-Alberto Garcia Aspe, 68), 9-Carlos Ochoa.
USA - Eddie Pope (caution), 17.
MEX - Melvin Brown (caution), 46+.
USA - Landon Donovan (caution), 68.
MEX - Braulio Luna (caution), 77.
MEX - Alberto Garcia Aspe (ejection), 90.
MEX - Frankie Hejduk (ejection), 90.
MEXICO TOPS U.S. 1-0 IN QUALIFIER AT AZTECA STADIUM: The U.S. Men's National Team fell to a rejuvenated Mexico, 1-0, in a World Cup qualifier in front of more than 100,000 fans at Estadio Azteca, ending the USA’s nine-game unbeaten streak in qualifying. The only goal of the match came in the 16th minute, when veteran midfielder Alberto Garcia Aspe served a free kick into the penalty area, where unmarked forward Jared Borgetti rose and snapped a perfectly-placed header past U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller. The goal snapped Keller’s five-game World Cup qualifying shutout streak (which ended at 466 total minutes). Keller, who was named Chevrolet "Man of the Match," went on to make three extraordinary saves in the game to keep the new-look Mexican squad off the scoreboard in the second half. “I don’t think we played well in the first half,” said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. “I was very disappointed in our performance. I thought in the second half we picked it up. When you play as poor as we did in the first half and can’t keep the ball, you are forced to defend. We expected Mexico to come out in the early going and play strong, and we would have been happy to withstand some of that pressure early, but giving up the early goal hurt us.”
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying — Final Round
Sunday, July 1, 2001 — kickoff 12:06 p.m. (CT)
Azteca Stadium (Mexico City, Mexico)
MEX — Jared Borgetti (Juan Garcia Aspe), 16.
MEX — 12-Oscar Perez; 21-Jesus Arellano (20-Jose Hernandez, 87), 2-Claudio Suarez, 5-Manuel Vidrio, 4-Melvin Brown; 18-Johan Rodriguez (13-Victor Gutierrez, 66), 6-Gerardo Torrado, 8-Alberto Garcia Aspe (7-Octavio Valdez, 74), 14-Tomas Campos; 17-Francisco Palencia, 9-Jared Borgetti.
USA — 1-Kasey Keller; 6-David Regis, 12-Jeff Agoos, 16-Carlos Llamosa, 2-Steve Cherundolo; 14- Chris Armas, 9-Joe-Max Moore (14-Cobi Jones, 46), 8-Earnie Stewart, 22-Tony Sanneh; 11-Ante Razov (15-Chris Klein, 82), 19-Jovan Kirovski (20-Brian McBride, 61).
USA - Tony Sanneh (caution), 52.
USA - David Regis (caution), 68.
USA - Steve Cherundolo (caution), 76.
MEX - Gerrardo Torrado (caution), 81.
MEX - Octavio Valdez (caution), 92+.
WOLFF, MATHIS COME OFF BENCH TO LEAD U.S. TO QUALIFYING WIN OVER MEXICO: Important first-half substitute Josh Wolff had a goal and assist to help the U.S. Men’s National Team open their final round of World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 defeat of Mexico tonight in front of a sold-out crowd of 24,624 chilly fans at Columbus Crew Stadium. Wolff earned Chevrolet Man of the Match honors for his performance off the bench. “That was obviously a great win for the U.S. team. We really wanted to get three points today against a very fine Mexican team, and we did that,” said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. “We faced a lot of adversity in the first half and had to make a couple of changes, and I’m proud of the way the team pulled together at halftime, went out and did the job in the second half to get the victory.” With the temperature dipping below freezing just prior to kickoff, both teams began the match noticeably stiff from the cold. But the story of the first half was the U.S. suffering major blows to its starting lineup with early injuries to veteran playmaker Claudio Reyna and Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride that threw the team off and left them unproductive for the majority of the first half. Fortunately for the U.S., the two first-half substitutes that replaced them – forward Josh Wolff and midfielder Clint Mathis, respectively -- made the difference in the match and teamed together to provide the game-winning goal in the 47th minute. U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who like McBride is also a fan favorite as a Columbus Crew alum, performed well in the nets. Friedel, who only arrived from England four days prior to tonight’s match, earned the shutout with four saves, including a point-blank save on Mexican striker Francisco Palencia.
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying – Final Round
Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
February 28, 2001 - 7:30 p.m. (ET) kick-off
USA – Josh Wolff (Earnie Stewart), 47.
USA – Earnie Stewart (Josh Wolff), 87.
USA - 1-Brad Friedel; 6-David Regis, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 13-Cobi Jones, 14-Chris Armas, 10-Claudio Reyna (Capt.) (5-Clint Mathis, 43), 8-Earnie Stewart; 20-Brian McBride (15- Josh Wolff, 15), 9-Joe-Max Moore (16-Carlos Llamosa, 79).
MEX -- 1-Jorge Campos; 2-Claudio Suarez, 4-Rafael Marquez (20-Victor Ruiz, 69), 8-Alberto Macias, 18-Salvador Carmona (19-Miguel Zepeda, 56); 6-Marco A. Ruiz, 13-Pavel Pardo, 14-German Villa, 22-Braulio Luna (21-Jesus Arellano, 75); 15-Luis Hernandez, 17-Francisco Palencia.
MEX - Rafael Marquez (caution), 36.
USA - Josh Wolff (caution), 40.
MEX - German Villa (caution), 56.