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The Facts of a Rivalry: USA vs. Mexico


The USA is 8-0-1 in nine home games against Mexico this decade, outscoring their rival 15-1.

Before Mexico scored in the last match, they had not scored a goal in the United States in 797 minutes over a span of 10 games.  

Since 1990, the U.S. is 12-7-7 in 26 games against Mexico, which includes a dominating 11-3-5 record in the United States (and a 1-0-1 record in neutral venues).

Bruce Arena lost his first two games against Mexico back in 1999, including a 1-0 overtime thriller in Mexico City in the semifinals of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The two previous U.S. coaches (Bora Milutinovic in 1991 and Steve Sampson in 1995) each won their first games against Mexico, as did Bob Bradley with a 2-0 win on Feb. 7, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz.

The USA won the first ever match between the two nations in 1934, a one-game World Cup qualifier in Italy to decide who would represent CONCACAF in the second World Cup. Mexico then won the next 10 matches in the series and went unbeaten in 24 games across 46 years.

The USA’s current nine game unbeaten streak at home against Mexico is the longest such streak in the history of the rivalry. From Oct. 3, 1976, to April 20, 1997, the United States went eight games without a loss against Mexico (4-0-4, 14 GF, 6 GA).

Current as of Sept. 8, 2007.


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