U.S. MNT vs. Mexico 4/28/04
MNT vs. Mexico – Wed., April 28 – 7:30 p.m. CT
Live on Telemundo / Fox Sports World / HDNet / PHILIPS MatchTracker
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.
Is there a USA-Mexico match that isn't hugely important? Answer: no! They all are.
Of course, victories like the USA's World Cup triumph over the Tricolores in 2002 count for a little more. OK, they count for a lot more. OK, they count like no other victory ever could!
The score line from the USA-MEX rematch that was ridiculously billed as “Revancha en la Cancha" read 0-0 at the sold-out Reliant Stadium in Houston. Even if they had stole a win that day, the only way to revenge a World Cup knockout round defeat is to win a World Cup knockout round rematch, and that ain't happenin' anytime soon. For now, Mexico will have to continue to enjoy their 4-0 shellacking of the U.S. U-23s in Olympic qualifying down in Guadalajara.
For the Cotton Bowl clash on April 28, that game will be relived for a number of players on both sides. The familiar U.S. trio of DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey and Landon Donovan will all be there, as will Mexican defenders Mario Perez and Francisco Rodriguez, and dangerous midfielder Diego Martinez.
Despite losing five of their last seven games to the U.S. (all by shutout), it is hard ignore the underlying current within the USA-Mexico rivalry that Mexico has regained some momentum with their recent performances, a feeling which was buoyed by the team's appearances as the fourth-ranked team in the most recent FIFA World Rankings.
That said, expect 2002 World Cup vets Eddie Pope, Frankie Hejduk and Josh Wolff to be geared up to help the U.S. continue its recent dominance on home soil, where Mexico has failed to score in five consecutive matches. The player that CONCACAF fans love to hate, Cuahetemoc Blanco, is expected to be back in green, white and red along with Korea/Japan 2002 goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, as they try to stop the current U.S. streak.
After creating the lone goal and playing well in his MNT debut, a 1-0 win over Poland on March 31 that marked the USA's first win in Europe in the Arena era, forward Conor Casey will be making the long trip from Germany to spear the U.S. attack in Texas.
Fans can follow the April 28 match, which is being presented by Budweiser, at 7:30 p.m. CT LIVE on Telemundo, Fox Sports World, HDNet and on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
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