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The Facts of a Rivalry: USA-MEX

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 4, 2008) - The USA is 8-0-1 in eight home games against Mexico this decade, outscoring their rival 15-1.

Mexico’s goal in their 2-1 loss in the 2007 Gold Cup final ended a scoreless drought in the United States that spanned 797 minutes during nine games and eight consecutive shutouts.

Since 1990, the U.S. is 12-7-7 in 26 games against Mexico, which includes a dominating 11-3-5 record in the United States (and a 1-0-1 record in neutral venues).

Bob Bradley has won his first two games against Mexico, joining two of the last three coaches to beat Mexico in their first opportunity. Bruce Arena lost his first two games against Mexico back in 1999, including a 1-0 overtime thriller in Mexico City in the semifinals of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The two previous U.S. coaches (Bora Milutinovic in 1991 and Steve Sampson in 1995) each won their first games against Mexico>Meantime, Mexico head coach Hugo Sanchez is 0-3-0 lifetime against the United States.

The USA won the first ever match between the two nations in 1934, a one-game World Cup qualifier in Italy to decide who would represent CONCACAF in the second World Cup. Mexico then won the next 10 matches in the series and went unbeaten in 24 games across 46 years.

The USA’s current nine game unbeaten streak at home against Mexico is the longest such streak in the history of the rivalry. The previous record was recorded from Oct. 3, 1976, to April 20, 1997, the United States went eight games without a loss against Mexico (4-0-4, 14 GF, 6 GA).

Mexican Experience: 10 players on the USA roster have experience against Mexico

Player Name GP Goals Notes
Landon Donovan 9 4 Scores in 2-0 World Cup victory in 2002
Carlos Bocanegra 4 0 2-1-1 in four games, including 2007 Gold Cup
Bobby Convey 4 0 First cap came against Mexico in 2000
Eddie Lewis 4 1 Scored in 2-1 WCQ loss in 2005 in Mexico
Tim Howard 3 0 Two shutouts and no losses vs. Mexico
Oguchi Onyewu 3 0 Dominated in 2005 WCQ clincher on 9/3/05
Ricardo Clark 2 0 Set up Donovan's goal in 2-0 win on Feb. 7, 2007 in Glendale, Ariz.
Clint Dempsey 2 0 Started in the 2-1 win in the 2007 Gold Cup
Benny Feilhaber 1 1 Scored winning goal in the 2007 Gold Cup Final
Pat Noonan 1 1 Appeared in WCQ in 2005 in Estadio Azteca

USA vs. Mexico: By the Decade
1930s: 1-3-0
1940s: 0-3-0
1950s: 0-4-0
1960s: 0-2-2
1970s: 0-8-1
1980s: 1-2-0
1990s: 3-5-6
2000s: 9-2-1

Major Tournament Results

Tournament Result Round Notes
1991 Gold Cup 2-0 W Semifinals Victory launches two decades of U.S. superiority
1993 Gold Cup 0-4 L Final Azteca dominance complete in shutout
1995 Copa America 0-0 T (4-1 pk) Quarterfinals Biggest match (to this point) goes to the USA
1998 Gold Cup 0-1 L Final Difficult loss in LA spoils 1-0 win vs. Brazil in semis
1999 Confederations Cup 0-1 L (OT) Semifinals Sudden death loss after great performance by Keller
2002 World Cup 2-0 W Rd. of 16 It doesn't get any bigger and likely never will
2007 Gold Cup 2-1 W Final U.S. gets first win in a final against Mexico

Gold Cup:  2-2-0; Copa America: 0-0-1 (PK win); Confederations Cup: 0-1-0;  World Cup: 1-0-0