As the #USMNT seeks to capitalize on its 2-1 victory over Ghana, the players prepared for Portugal this week in São Paulo. After a regeneration session on Tuesday and a day off Wednesday, training resumed in earnest.
After a day off, we got back to work and are zooming in on Portugal. We will be ready !! #OneNationOneTeam— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) June 19, 2014
And the prep work continued Thursday morning at São Paulo FC's Barra Funda training center.
After practice, #USMNT winger Brad Davis shared how he is fine tuning his game for Sunday.
Tuesday's regen and Wednesday's time off, helped #USMNT captain Clint Dempsey recharge and get accustomed to playing with a broken nose, something he said kept him from properly breathing during the game versus Ghana. Dempsey will most likely play without a protective mask, but a fan familiar with his situation will be there in case the captain has an about face.
With the match already on the weekend horizon, eager fans are already gearing up for Sunday's showdown.
Local watering holes across the country are preparing for the big game and hope to #SeeYouSunday.
Back in Brazil, the team was in high spirits before its trip into the humid heart of the Amazon jungle. When the team captain, who has a broken beak, is photo bombing the coach, you know times are good. #Dempseying > #VanPersieing.
And the good times continued on the #USMNT's coach while en route to Guarulhos airport.
And with that, the team settled in for the four hour flight to Manaus.
Off to Manaus #BusinessTrip— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) June 20, 2014
Sorry Matt Besler, had to do it to you. Feel free to blame Mix Diskerud.
Despite being North American neighbors, the first meeting between the United States and Mexico actually took place on the other side of the Atlantic. Played on May 24, 1934 in Rome, the game was a one-off match – essentially the USA’s first World Cup qualifier – for the right to play in the second FIFA World Cup, which was set to kick off days later in venues across Italy.
Playing in front of 10,000 spectators, including Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the Americans rode a four-goal performance from Aldo “Buff” Donelli to defeat Mexico 4-2 and earn a place in the 16-team field at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.
You would hope the 11 players that came away victorious that day cherished the memory in Rome, because as big as the result was, it would take another 46 years before the USA would defeat Mexico again.
Though 17 of those 24 matches were played on Mexican soil, that winless streak against our neighbors to the south is by far the longest against any one opponent in team history, both in terms of number of games and years,. It fortunately ended on Nov. 23, 1980, when the U.S. used a pair of goals from Steve Moyers to defeat Mexico 2-1 in another Qualifying match, this time for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
With Mexico already booking its ticket to the next round of Qualifying and the USA already eliminated, from a competitive standpoint, the match was meaningless. However, whether or not they realized it, the 2,126 fans in attendance at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium witnessed history that night, and to this day are among the few Americans that saw the USA’s 43-year winless streak against Mexico come to an end.
Though the USA and Mexico met only once more during the decade, the dam had been cracked. With 1990 marking the MNT’s first appearance in the World Cup in 40 years, the 1980s also served as a transitional phase in the rivalry with Mexico as a new generation of American players began to reap the benefits of greater emphasis on the game here at home to lay the foundation for future triumphs.
The first in a series of successes came during the semifinals of the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Led by former Mexico head coach Bora Milutinovic, the USA used second-half strikes from John Doyle and Peter Vermes to stun El Tri 2-0 in front of a pro-Mexico crowd of 41,103 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and went on to win the tournament’s inaugural title.
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