MNT Sep 9, 2013
Some "inside soccer" info to get you prepped for Tuesday night:
- Overall, the USA is 16-32-13 all-time in international competition against Mexico and 5-15-6 inWorld Cup Qualifying.
- The USA’s 61 previous meetings against Mexico are the most against any country in U.S. Soccer’s history.
- Since 2000, the USA has posted an 11-5-4 record against Mexico, including a 9-2-3 record at home during that span.
- A total of eight players on the current roster appeared in the 0-0 draw on March 26 at Estadio Azteca, the USA’s second tie in qualifying on Mexican soil. The lineup: Guzan; Cameron, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Bradley, Edu; Zusi (Shea, 82), Dempsey (capt.), Gomez (Davis, 71); Altidore (Johnson, 55)
- The clean sheet marked Guzan's fifth shutout in seven-career World Cup Qualifying matches
- Davis, who was a late addition from Klinsmann to the roster, made his first World Cup Qualifying appearance in that game.
- Landon Donovan has scored five career goals against Mexico, including his first career international goal and the insurance strike in the 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
- Overall, he has played 15 times against Mexico.
- DaMarcus Beasley has his own bit of history in Columbus, scoring the second goal of the USA’s 2-0 win against Mexico on Sept. 3, 2005, that put the United States through to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
- Four players on the roster started in the last qualifier against Mexico here in Columbus, the 2-0 win that kicked off the Hexagonal: Beasley, Dempsey, Donovan and Tim Howard.
- Howard is 4-1-2 lifetime against Mexico, including the 1-0 win on Aug. 15, 2012, the USA’s first on Mexican soil.
- Michael Orozco tallied the historic game-winner, his only goal with the MNT.