Soccer Fans From Across North America Converging on Columbus, Ohio, for U.S.-Mexico Qualifier on Wednesday
U.S. Men’s National Team Update
Feb. 10, 2009
SOCCER FANS FROM ACROSS NORTH AMERICA CONVERGE ON COLUMBUS: Soccer fans from across North America will be converging on Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, Feb. 11 for the most anticipated match on U.S. soil in four years when the U.S. Men’s National Team faces Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium. The match will mark the 55th meeting between the two long-time rivals, and kicks off the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying. Fans from 43 states, and the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico have purchased tickets to the match. More than 2,400 tickets were also sold to U.S. Organized Supporters, providing the largest-ever U.S. supporters’ section for a Men’s National Team match. The match, which sold out within 90 minutes of going on public sale, will mark the third straight time that Columbus Crew Stadium has hosted the home leg of the final round World Cup qualifying series between the United States and Mexico. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN2HD and Univision, as well as on the airwaves via Futbol de Primera. Fans can also follow along via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
- Of the 20 players in camp, the U.S. will dress 18 players with a maximum of three substitutions.
- Landon Donovan and José Francisco Torres were the last to arrive in Columbus, joining the team Monday evening following their club matches on Sunday.
- The match on Feb. 11 will mark the 55th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 14-29-11 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 12-6-9 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 27 times, with the U.S. holding a 12-7-8 advantage.
- The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting an 8-0-2 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the U.S. has netted 17 goals, while the Mexicans have countered with three goals on American soil in this decade.
- Four players on the U.S. roster were on the field for the last meeting in World Cup qualifying, the 2-0 win on Sept. 3, 2005, here in Columbus: DaMarcus Beasley (1), Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyewu. For Mexico that day: Oswaldo Sanchez, Rafael Marquez, Carlos Salcido, Antonio Naelson, Omar Bravo, Alberto Medina [starters in bold].
- Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 105 international appearances, and has four goals in nine appearances against Mexico.
- In addition to Donovan, four other players have scored at least once against Mexico: Jozy Altidore, Beasley, Hejduk (2), and Onyewu. On Mexico’s roster, only Naelson has a goal in the series to his credit.
- Tim Howard has a 2-0-2 record against Mexico. The 2008 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year has five shutouts in seven career World Cup qualifiers.
- Brian Ching and Clint Dempsey finished with four goals each in 2008 – all in World Cup qualifying – tied for team best.
- Dempsey recorded two game-winning goals in World Cup qualifying last year – against Barbados on June 15 in Carson, Calif., and in the 1-0 win on Sept. 6 in Cuba.
- Beasley (Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C. against Cuba) and Michael Bradley (Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill., against T&T) are the other players on the roster with game-winners in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
- Bradley and Heath Pearce tied for the team lead in 2008 with 11 starts. Pearce led the team in minutes played (945).
- Pearce started 7 of 8 World Cup qualifiers in 2008, the most on the team. Beasley made seven total appearances, six as a starter.
- Eighteen of the 20 players on the roster participated in the first two rounds of World Cup qualifying last year. Robbie Rogers and Marvell Wynne are the only two players without qualifying experience with the full team.
- Torres – who plays in the Mexican Primera División - is the only player on the roster who is not based in Europe or MLS.
- Seven players on the roster appeared in the USA’s 3-2 win against Sweden on Jan. 24 at The Home Depot Center, including the USA’s three-goal scorer: Jonathan Bornstein, Ching, Ricardo Clark, Charlie Davies, Sacha Kljestan (3), Rogers and Wynne.
- The victory was the 11th straight time the U.S. has either tied or won their opening game of the year, with the U.S. also defeating Sweden to start the streak, 1-0, in 1998.
- With his hat trick, Kljestan became only the second player in U.S. history to score his first three goals in the same game, joining Aldo “Buff” Donelli, who tallied four goals in a 4-2 victory against Mexico on May 24, 1934, in the lone qualifying match for the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
- The U.S. finished 2008 with a 9-3-2 record, including a 7-1-0 record in World Cup qualifying.
- In 2008, the U.S. set team records for best goals scored average per game (2.14) and fewest goals against average per game (0.57).
Average Age: 25
Average Caps: 31
Most Caps: 105 (Landon Donovan)
Least Caps: 1 (Robbie Rogers)
Oldest: 34 (Frankie Hejduk)
Youngest: 19 (Jozy Altidore)
Play professionally in: USA (7), England (3), Germany (3), Belgium (1), Denmark (1), France (1), Mexico (1), Scotland (1), Spain (1), Sweden (1)
INJURY/SUSPENSION REPORT: The U.S. is missing two regulars for the match against Mexico, as Steve Cherundolo is sidelined with a strained hip flexor while Pablo Mastroeni is serving a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation. Mexico is without the suspended Carlos Vela, Fernando Arce and Gerardo Torrado. Additionally, both Andres Guardado and Jonny Magallon have been ruled out through injury.
HIGH FIVE: Five players on the roster have scored against Mexico, lead by Landon Donovan's four career goals against El Tri. Donovan's strikes against the USA's biggest rival include his first-ever international, the game-tying goal in the 2007 Gold Cup final and of course his picture-perfect header off an Eddie Lewis cross in the 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. DaMarcus Beasley scored in the memorable 2-0 win in 2005, his goal sealing the win which sent the U.S. to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Defender Frankie Hejduk has seen two of his six career goals come against Mexico in friendlies from 1999 and 2000. Last year's 2-2 draw brought two new scorers against Mexico, Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu earning their first goals in the rivalry. Onyewu powered home a trademark header to open the scoring in Houston, while Altidore nodded home a Drew Moor cross to become, at age 18, the United States' youngest scorer in the modern era.
LD FILLING THE RECORD BOOKS: The USA’s all-time leader in goals and assists is now one goal shy of tying Brian McBride for the most career goals in World Cup qualifying (10). Donovan has been a particular nemesis to El Tri, having scored four times in his career against Mexico. Last year, he moved into sole possession of the top spot of the goalscoring chart when he tallied his 35th career goal, putting home a PK in a 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19, 2008, at The HDC. With his start against Argentina on June 8 a Giants Stadium, he became the youngest player in U.S. history – and the fourth youngest player in the world – to earn 100 caps.
HOME IS WHERE THE POINTS ARE: The U.S. has worked hard to establish a dominating presence at home, and the record speaks for itself. The United States has not lost to a regional opponent at home in 50 consecutive matches, amassing a 40-0-10 record since 2001 that includes 13 games in World Cup qualifying. The last loss came Sept. 1, 2001, a 3-2 qualifying loss to Honduras at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. A look at the remarkable streak:
Year Record (Since Sept. 2, 2001) World Cup Qualifying
2001: 1-0-0 (2 GF, 1 GA) 1-0-0 (2 GF, 1 GA)
2002: 7-0-1 (19 GF, 0 GA)
2003: 5-0-1 (16 GF, 2 GA)
2004: 5-0-2 (17 GF, 2 GA) 3-0-1 (12 GF, 1 GA)
2005: 10-0-2 (22 GF, 4 GA 5-0-0 (10 GF, 1 GA)
2006: 1-0-2 (5 GF, 1 GA)
2007: 7-0-1 (15GF, 3 GA)
2008: 4-0-1 (21GF, 3 GA) 3-0-0 (11 GF, 1 GA)
Total: 40-0-10 (117 GF, 16 GA 12-0-1 (35 GF, 4 GA)
THE USA HAS NOT:
- suffered a shutout loss at home in 21 overall matches (4/23/06 v. Morocco, 0-1 L)
- lost at home v. CONCACAF opponent in 50 matches (9/1/01 v. Honduras, 2-3 L)
- been shutout at home in World Cup qualifying in 18 qualifiers (10/11/00 v. Costa Rica, 0-0 T)
- suffered a shutout loss at home in World Cup qualifying in 35 qualifiers (5/31/85 v. Costa Rica, 0-1 L)
- suffered a shutout loss in 10 overall matches (6/4/08 @ Spain, 0-1 L)
- lost by more than one goal in 11 matches (5/28/08 @ England, 0-2 L)
BY THE NUMBERS: U.S. IN WORLD CUP QUALIFYING:
0 – Losses at home in qualifying under Bob Bradley
2 – Players on this roster without an appearance in World Cup qualifying (Rogers, Wynne)
4 – Goals each by Clint Dempsey and Brian Ching in 2010 World Cup qualifying, tied for the team lead
5 – Games played at Columbus Crew stadium, where the USA's record is 3-0-2
6 – Total clean sheets kept by Tim Howard and Brad Guzan out of eight games
10 - Goals for Brian McBride in World Cup qualifying history, the USA's all-time leader (Landon Donovan is second with 9)
36 – Players with at least one appearance in 2010 World Cup qualifying
COLUMBUS IS HOME SWEET HOME: Since Oct. 11, 2000, Columbus Crew Stadium has set about to prove that it is truly home for the U.S. Men's National Team. So far, so good. In seven matches played here, the U.S. has posted an unbeaten 4-0-3 record, with 10 goals scored and only one surrendered. Adding six shutouts to its credit, the stadium has also hosted five FIFA World Cup qualifiers in which the U.S. has collected a 3-0-2 record. To this point, the team's greatest memories from Columbus include the 2-0 win against Mexico in the "Guerra Fria" on Feb. 28, 2001, and the 2-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3, 2005, that clinched a 2006 FIFA World Cup berth.
U.S. Results in Columbus Crew Stadium
|Oct. 11, 2000||Costa Rica||0-0 T *|
|Feb. 28, 2001||Mexico||2-0 W *|
|June 7, 2001||Ecuador||0-0 T|
|July 6, 2003||Paraguay||2-0 W|
|June 13, 2004||Grenada||3-0 W *|
|Nov. 17, 2007||Jamaica||1-1 T *|
|Sept. 3, 2005||Mexico||2-0 W *|
*FIFA World Cup qualifier
BOB ON THE JOB: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 31 games under his belt, seeing more than 70 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 in full swing, a review of the body of work during the past 20 months points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
- Won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row, a new team record
- Defended the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
- Won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008)
- Won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, at Switzerland and March 26, 2008, at Poland)
- Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, at Switzerland, Nov. 17 at South Africa and March 26, 2008, at Poland)
- Played five matches against four teams ranked in the Top 10 in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain)
- Played matches on four continents and in two major international tournaments
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Goals For: 64
Goals Against: 30
Record vs. ...
CONCACAF: 13-1-2, 34 GF, 8 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-4-1, 7 GF, 13 GA
UEFA: 5-3-0, 12 GF, 7 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 1-0-0, 1 GF, 0 GA
Record when ...
Leading at half: 14-0-1
Losing at half: 1-2-0
Tied at half: 7-6-2
HEXAGONAL, HO!: CONCACAF's final round of World Cup qualifying commences on Feb. 11, with six teams fighting it out for three berths in South Africa. Affectionately known as the “hexagonal”, the round-robin format features each team playing each other twice in a home and away series, with the top three sides earning automatic qualification for the World Cup. The fourth place team in the “hexagonal” will face a high pressure playoff, tackling the fifth place team in CONMEBOL in a home and away series for the final spot in the tournament. This year’s final round features four teams who competed in the same series in 2005: the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Trinidad & Tobago. The new entries are El Salvador and Honduras, who have replaced Guatemala and Panama in the final stage. All sides get play underway this coming Wednesday, as they seek to make a fast start on the road which hopefully culminates in a place at the first World Cup held in Africa.
2010 FIFA World Cup Final Round Qualifying Schedule – Match Day 1
|Feb. 11||Costa Rica vs. Honduraa||San Juan, Costa Rica||8:30 p.m. ET|
|Feb. 11||El Salvador vs. T&T||San Salvador, El Salvador||7 p.m. ET|
|Feb. 11||USA vs. Mexico||Columbus Crew Stadium||7 p.m. ET|
CONTINENTAL CREW: Several of the U.S. players are on teams making waves across the pond. Everton are enjoying a spate of good form in England, and while they challenge for a place in European competition next season, they recently advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory against city rivals Liverpool. The Toffees have suffered through a series of injuries, particularly to their forwards, but a solid defense led by Tim Howard's nine clean sheets has vaulted the Blue half of Merseyside towards the top of the table. One of the surprises this season in England has come in the form of Aston Villa, who are currently in third place in the Premier League. Brad Guzan has served as a backup to former U.S. international Brad Friedel, and the former Chivas USA goalkeeper has appeared for Villa in the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup.
Across the English Channel, Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes rattled off an 18-game unbeaten run in the league to finish off 2008 in France. Part of a congested top part of the table that includes giants Marseille, PSG and seven-time defending champions Lyon, Rennes have stumbled a bit to begin 2009, but they remain within a shout of their first ever Ligue 1 title. In neighboring Belgium, Oguchi Onyewu and defending champions Standard Liege are locked in a close title battle with rivals Anderlecht. While Standard has climbed to the top of the table with 14 wins from 21 matches, Anderlecht's games in hand ensure that the race in Belgium could go down to the wire in the spring.
COLUMBUS I: Nearly eight years later, “La Guerra Fría” is still one of the most memorable games in U.S. Men’s National Team history. On Feb. 28, 2001, goals from Josh Wolff and Earnie Stewart heated up a sold-out crowd at Crew Stadium that braved 29-degree weather to watch the U.S. knock down Mexico 2-0 in the opening match of final round qualifying for the 2002 World Cup. Not only did the U.S. start the round off on the right foot, Columbus secured its place as a true home for U.S. Soccer. The lineups that day:
USA: Brad Friedel; David Regis, Jeff Agoos, Eddie Pope, Tony Sanneh; Cobi Jones, Chris Armas, Claudio Reyna (captain) (Clint Mathis 43), Earnie Stewart; Brian McBride (Josh Wolff 15), Joe-Max Moore (Carlos Llamosa 79).
MEX: Jorge Campos; Claudio Suarez, Rafael Marquez (Victor Ruiz 69), Alberto Macias, Salvador Carmona (Miguel Zepeda 56); Marco A. Ruiz, Pavel Pardo, German Villa, Braulio Luna (Jesus Arellano 75); Luis Hernandez, Francisco Palencia.
2008 IN BRIEF: The campaign in 2008 had at its summit the start of World Cup qualifying, but there was plenty of action in between. The new year began with an inscription in the history books when Landon Donovan became the USA’s all-time leading scorer, tallying his 35th career international goal in the 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center. After a thrilling 2-2 draw that extended the USA’s home unbeaten streak against Mexico to 10 matches spanning nine years, the U.S. put together one of their most comprehensive performances in years, handing Poland a convincing 3-0 defeat in Krakow that earned the U.S. consecutive victories on European soil for the first time in team history. The team faced a trio of fantastic friendlies for final prep before qualifying. England proved their class in a 2-0 win in London, but the U.S. quickly found their legs and dueled with the current champions of Europe until a 79th minute goal by Xavi Hernandez handed hosts Spain the spoils. A packed house of nearly 80,000 strong at Giants Stadium witnessed the U.S. stand tall against then No. 1-ranked Argentina, the teams dueling to a 0-0 draw while Donovan became the youngest U.S. player in history – and fourth youngest in the world – to reach the 100 cap mark.
After dispatching Barbados in the second round by a 9-0 aggregate score, the U.S. faced a tricky start to the Semifinal Round with two road matches. A goal from Carlos Bocanegra and a dogged, determined effort delivered the U.S. a 1-0 win against Guatemala, their first-ever on Guatemalan soil. Next came an historic visit to the island of Cuba, the USA’s first since 1947, with Clint Dempsey providing an opportunistic goal to give the U.S. all the scoring it needed. A 3-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago represented a trio of records for the history books, including the first time the U.S. has earned six consecutive shutouts. The victory was also the sixth straight in World Cup qualifying dating back to the final match of the 2006 campaign, setting a team record. The five straight victories in one cycle also tied a team record set during the Final Round of the last qualifying run. The U.S. then dismantled Cuba on Oct. 11 at RFK Stadium, scoring six times en route to officially booking their place in the final round hexagonal. Using the final two matches to breed young talent, the U.S. suffered a 2-1 loss in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, before closing out the round with a 2-0 win against Guatemala in the first-ever World Cup qualifier hosted in the state of Colorado.
The U.S. finished an impressive 2008 with a 9-3-2 record - including a convincing 7-1-0 mark in qualifying – as well as team records in average for most goals scored (2.14) and fewest allowed (0.57).
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Much has been made about the USA’s smothering defense in 2008 – and with nine shutouts, including a scoreless draw against then-No. 1 ranked Argentina, why shouldn’t there be – but just as a successful defense requires all 11 players, so does the attack. So where have the U.S. goals come from? A quick examination of the 30 goals the U.S. put in the back of the net – well, 29 technically as one is registered as an own goal - reveals that:
- Six goals have come from defenders; five of those on set pieces
- 23 goals have come from attacking players, whether midfielders or forwards
- One came from the penalty spot
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IN FOCUS: MEXICO
MEXICO FACT FILE
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación,
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals, 1970 and 1986
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Winners, four times (2003 most recent)
Caps Leader: Claudio Suárez (179)
Top Scorer: Jared Borgetti (46)
Key Players: Rafael Márquez, Pável Pardo, Ricardo Osorio, Carlos Salcido
A LONG YEAR: Since the U.S. and México last met in February of 2008, much has changed for El Tri. Hugo Sánchez is gone, unceremoniously dismissed after México's failed attempt at qualification for the Olympics in Beijing. In his place, the FMF have turned to Swedish manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, himself no stranger to controversy. A former manager of England, Eriksson's pedigree is without question, but after México endured a rocky stretch toward the end of the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, fan sentiment south of the border turned overwhelmingly negative. That feeling of discontent persists into 2009 and it is a mood that will only abate with a strong run that ends in qualification for South Africa.
STRONG START SPUTTERS OUT: After the 9-0 dismantlement of Belize in the two-legged Second Round, interim manager Jesús Ramirez handed the full time reigns to Eriksson for the semifinal phase of qualifying. The scholarly Swede continued El Tri's winning streak, rattling off three impressive wins in a row against Honduras, Jamaica and Canada on home soil. In the next game, México fell to Jamaica in Kingston and then traveled to Canada. In Edmonton, México struggled, needing a late equalizer to guarantee a point on the road. That 2-2 draw proved vital, and when México dropped the last game away to Honduras, they ended up advancing into the Final Round based on goal differential.
THE LAST TIME ...
... On the field for the USA
Jan. 24, 2009 | The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif. | International Friendly
USA 3 Sacha Kljestan 17, 40 (PK), 74
Sweden 2 Daniel Nannskog 73, Mikael Dahlberg 89
USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 12-Marvell Wynne, 2-Danny Califf (capt.), 4-Michael Parkhurst (3-Ugo Ihemelu, 82), 6-Jonathan Bornstein (15-Chris Wingert, 79); 17-John Thorrington (20-Chris Rolfe, 61), 13-Ricardo Clark, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 30-Robbie Rogers (22-Brian Carroll, 69); 10-Charlie Davies (27-Kenny Cooper, 46), 11-Brian Ching (29-Eddie Gaven, 77)
Subs Not Used: 18-Jon Busch
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
SWE: 12-Johan Dahlin, 7-Markus Jonsson, 8-Marcus Lindberg, 9-Max von Schlebrügge, 5-Adam Johansson; 10-Andreas Dahl (14-Rasmus Elm, 62), 6-Daniel Andersson (capt.) (13-Martin Ericsson, 71), 20-Gustav Svensson, 16-Samuel Holmén (15-Alexander Farnerud, 62); 11-Mikael Dahlberg, 19-Daniel Nannskog
Subs not used: 1-John Alvbåge, 2-Patrik Anttonen, 3-Rasmus Bengtsson, 4-Mattias Bjärsmyr, 17-Andreas Johannson, 18-Andreas Landgren, 21-Denni Avdic
Head Coach: Lars Lagerbäck
... On the field for Mexico
Jan. 29, 2000 | McAfee – Oakland, Calif. | International Friendly
Sweden 1 Alexander Farnerud 57
MEX: 1-Oswaldo Sanchez (13-Guillermo Ochoa, 46); 2-Diego Martínez (15-Juan Carlos Valenzuela, 46), 14-Leobardo López, 4-Edgar Dueñas (21-Julio César Dominguez, 53), 3-Fausto Pinto; 22-Lucas Ayala (17-Sinha, 59), 8-Pavel Pardo (capt.), 19-Leandro Augusto, 11-Alberto Medina; 9-Matías Vuoso (10-Carlos Ochoa, 46), 6-Israel Martínez (18-César Villaluz, 71)
Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson
SWE: 1-John Alvbåge, 2-Patrik Anttonen, 4-Mattias Bjärsmyr, 3-Rasmus Bengtsson, 5-Adam Johansson, 6-Daniel Andersson (capt.) (16 Samuel Holmén, 46), 15-Alexander Farnerud (18-Andreas Landgren, 75), 17-Andreas Johansson, 14-Rasmus Elm (10-Andreas Dahl, 90), 19-Daniel Nannskog (21-Denni Avdic, 66), 13-Martin Ericsson (20-Gustav Svensson,-86)
Subs Not Used: 7-Markus Jonsson, 8-Marcus Lindberg, 9-Max von Schlebrügge, 11-Mikael Dahlberg, 12-Johan Dahlin
Head Coach: Lars Lagerbäck
... vs. Mexico
Feb. 6, 2008 | Reliant Stadium – Houston, Texas | International Friendly
USA 2 Oguchi Onyewu 29, Jozy Altidore 40
Mexico 2 Jonny Magallon 35, 47
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 21-Drew Moor, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 6-Ramiro Corrales; 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Ricardo Clark (Maurice Edu, 79), 4-Michael Bradley (5-Benny Feilhaber, 63), 15-Bobby Convey (7-Eddie Lewis, 70); 9-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (19-Freddy Adu, 63)
Subs not used: 11-Pat Noonan, 16-Michael Parkhurst, 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa; 2-Jonny Magallon, 3-Carlos Salcido (14-Fausto Pinto, 59) 4-Rafael Marquez (capt.), 5-Israel Castro; 6-Gerado Torrado, 7-Fernando Arce (18-Cesar Villaluz, 90), 8-Pavel Pardo, 11-Carlos Vela (16-Giovanni Dos Santos, 71); 9-Antonio De Nigris (15-Juan Carlos Cacho, 67), 10-Adolfo Bautista (17-Antonio Naelson, 71)
Subs not used: 12-Luis Michel, 13-Oscar Rojas
Head Coach: Hugo Sánchez