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USA to Meet Mexico in Final Friendly of 2000 at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 25


CHICAGO (Friday, September 29, 2000) - The United States will renew its long-standing rivalry with Mexico when the two teams meet in an international friendly match at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Wednesday, October 25 at 8 p.m. PT, it was announced today by U.S. Soccer.

Mexico and the United States last met in the Nike U.S. Cup on June 11, 2000, when goals by Brian McBride, Frankie Hejduk and Ante Razov helped the USA capture the tournament championship with a 3-0 win before 45,008 fans at Giants Stadium.

The two regional rivals have gone head-to-head a total of 42 times in the 66 years since the first meeting, a 4-2 win by the United States in qualifying for the 1934 World Cup in Rome, Italy. Mexico holds a commanding lead in the all-time season series with 27 wins, six losses and 9 ties. However, since 1991 the U.S. has lost just five of the 15 games played, going 4-5-6.

For the United States, the match marks the return to the Los Angeles Coliseum for the first time since a March 11, 1999 victory over Guatemala. The USA is 7-4-2 at the Coliseum since 1990, and recorded one of the most memorable victories in the history of the national team program at the venue when Preki Radosavljevic propelled the U.S. to a 1-0 victory over Brazil on Feb. 10, 1998.

The match will serve as head coach Bruce Arena's last chance to look at his team before the final semifinal qualifying match in CONCACAF's Group "E".

The USA currently stands in second place in its semifinal qualifying group with seven points, two points behind Costa Rica and ahead of Guatemala (four points) and Barbados (three points). The top two teams in each of the three groups will advance to the final round of qualifying next year, from which the three CONCACAF representatives for the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan will be determined.

After four games played in Group "C" qualifying action, Mexico has already secured advancement to the next stage of the competition. Mexico defeated Canada and Panama (twice), and fell to Trinidad & Tobago in semifinal group play.

The United States will wrap up the first phase of qualifying following the match against Mexico when it travels to the Caribbean for the final Group "E" match against Barbados on November 15.

Tickets for the USA's match against Mexico can be purchased at all Los Angeles area Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 213-480-3232.

The Mexico match will be televised live on select pay-per-view outlets and on DirecTV and the Dish Network for $19.95. The live broadcast will kick off at 8 p.m. PT, and will be available on the following cable systems: Time Warner Cable in New York City, Cablevision Systems in the NY/NJ Metropolitan area and Boston, Charter Communications in Long Beach, California, and Cox Communications in Northern Virginia. For more information, contact Innovative Sports Marketing, who have been providing fans with live soccer action for the last 10 years, at 201-610-0200, or visit ppvsports.com.

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