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A stern reminder about an upcoming U.S. Soccer-related event, whether you plan to check it out live and in person, on the “telly” or that wacky world wide web.

U.S. MNT vs. Mexico – Thu., May 8 – 7 p.m. CT – ESPN2 & Telemundo

And so the day comes. “Ravancha en la Cancha.” May 8, 2003. Reliant Stadium. Houston, Texas. Reduced to tears by their 2-0 shutout loss to the Americans last summer in that there tournament over in Korea and Japan, an entire country is waiting for their beloved Tri-colores to exact sweet revenge on who they feel is a lesser soccer nation.

The thing is, that match was not so much a one-time surprise result than it was an accurate embodiment of the history between the two teams across the last four years. While the U.S. holds a meager 10-28-9 all-time record against Mexico, half of those wins have come in the last three years, coinciding conspicuously with the tenure of Mr. Arena. In fact, those five wins have come in the last six matches, all by shutout, with an average score of 2-0. Sound familiar?

Whether Mexican fans will admit it or not, the fact remains that in this day and age of our storied history, we’ve got their number. Perhaps it was that psychological edge that gave the U.S. confidence and propelled them to the last win in the series over in Jeonju, Korea.

But our recent run of favorable results might not be enough to squeeze out a win this time around. Consider that this next match, while played at “home,” could have us playing in front of a large pro-Mexican crowd in a venue that could very well become the north-of-the-border Azteca. That, and the fact that Mexican league players are in top form compared to an all-MLS U.S. squad that is not even a month into its season, could mean trouble (see recent CONCACAF Champions Cup results for evidence of this unavoidable disparity). And then there’s that revenge thing.

But hey, let’s not make excuses before the match is even played. It’s all talk until the teams step out on the field for what will surely be a rough-and-tumble affair filled with hard tackles, huge momentum shifts and an enormous, energetic crowd.

For easily the most anticipated U.S. Men’s National Team match of the year, and possibly one of the most anticipated international matches in the world this year, fans will have a chance to choose their language for the live broadcast on Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT. For English, Press One (ESPN2). For Spanish, Press Two (Telemundo). If you’re dialing from a rotary phone (read: you’re stuck in your cube at work), Press Three (you can follow along live on’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics).


Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Looking Back at June 17, 2002)
2) In Threes (w/ WNT goalkeeper Siri Mullinix)
3) Music by Mastroeni (w/ MNT midfielder Pablo Mastroeni)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT forward Tiffeny Milbrett)
5) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Mexico – May 8)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ U-23 MNT forward Edson Buddle)
7) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Who will win 2003 WUSA MVP?)
8) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (USA-Mexico Trivia)

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