Center Circle Extra: U.S.-Mexico Cliff Notes
You want stats? We've got you covered in that department here with loads and loads of stats on the U.S.-Mexico rivalry. Now, while some people like a good treasure hunt - and we respect that - for those of you looking for the Cliffs Notes version, here is a cheat sheet on the numbers that pundits will be pondering heading into the USA's biggest home game since the '94 World Cup. In no particular order:
0 - Number of times Mexico has won in the USA since 1999. Also, the number of goals scored by Mexico in the U.S. since 1999. And also, the number of tickets left for fans to purchase for sold-out Crew Stadium
3 - Number of different scenarios that will allow the U.S. to qualify for the 2006 World Cup when they face Mexico (click here for those scenarios)
11-29-10 - USA's lifetime record against Mexico
2-2-4 - USA's record at home against Mexico in World Cup qualifying
6 - All-time wins for Bruce Arena against Mexico, against four losses and one tie
10 - Career World Cup qualifying goals for Brian McBride, the most in U.S. history
11 - All-time appearances for Brian McBride against Mexico, the most on the U.S. roster
21 - Career assists for Landon Donovan, second on the all-time U.S. list and one behind Cobi Jones
23 - Games between the USA and Mexico since 1991, where the U.S. has compiled a 9-7-7 record while outscoring Mexico 27-20
7 - Number of times the U.S. has shutout Mexico in their last nine meetings
3-0-3 - The USA's record at Columbus Crew Stadium, with five of six games ending in shutouts for the U.S.
200 - Number of credentialed media from both the U.S. and Mexico
46: Number of different states from which people bought tickets for the match.
Feb. 28, 2001 - It's mostly a number, and also the date of the first World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Mexico in Columbus. The U.S. won 2-0 on goals by Josh Wolff and Earnie Stewart
29 - Game-time temperature that day.