CHICAGO (April 1, 2004) — The U.S. Men’s National Team will resume one of the best rivalries in the world when they face arch rival and 2002 World Cup foe Mexico on Wednesday, April 28 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Advance tickets ranging in price levels from $28 to $60 go on sale starting this Saturday (April 3) at 10 a.m. CT at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Texas (including Fiesta and Foley's), by phone at 214-373-8000, and online at ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or can call 312-528-1290 starting April 5.
“No matter what the occasion, it’s always a fierce battle when we play Mexico,” said U.S. MNT manager Bruce Arena. “Coming on the cusp of the beginning of World Cup qualifying, this match is a great opportunity for our players to gain experience against one of the finest teams in the region.”
The two border rivals have distinguished themselves as the class of the region in the past decade, with the U.S. qualifying for four straight World Cups and Mexico advancing to three straight World Cups. The United States has dominated the series of late, winning five of the last seven meetings, with all of the victories coming by shutout. Mexico leads the lifetime series with a record of 28-10-10, dating all the way back to 1934.
The competition between the two nations reached its pinnacle in the summer of 2002 when the teams met for the first time as World Cup opponents in the Round of 16 on June 17 in Jeonju, Korea. Picture-perfect goals by Brian McBride in the 8th minute and Landon Donovan in the 65th minute, as well as a strong tactical game from the U.S., produced a landmark 2-0 victory and a place in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 72 years.
In their last meeting, the U.S. and Mexico played to a spirited 0-0 draw in front of 69,582 fans at a sold-out Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. That match marked the sixth shutout for the U.S. in their past seven games against the Mexicans, and their third in a row. Dating all the way back to the start of this decade (March 13, 1999, to be exact), the U.S. has not allowed a Mexican goal in the United States across five consecutive games, the longest domestic shutout streak for either team in the rivalry’s storied 48-game history.
Making their first appearance in Dallas since 1995, the United States holds an unblemished 4-0-2 lifetime record at the Cotton Bowl. The team has lost only twice in 12 games in the state of Texas, posting a career tally of 5-2-5.
The U.S. begins CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a two-game, home-and-away series against Grenada on June 13 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, at 1 p.m. ET (ESPN2 / Telemundo) and June 20 in St. George’s, Grenada. Following that series, the U.S. will meet Poland on July 11 at Soldier Field in Chicago (live at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2).
Should the U.S. advance through their preliminary qualifying round, the six-game, four-team semifinal round competition will begin on the road on August 18.
2004 U.S. Men's National Team Schedule
* World Cup Qualifying Preliminary Round
** World Cup Qualifying Semifinal Round (if necessary)