USMNT vs. Mexico
2023 Allstate Continental Clásico
April 19, 2023
State Farm Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Pre-Game Coverage: 9:30 p.m. ET on HBO Max; 10 p.m. ET on TBS, Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
Kickoff: 10:22 p.m. ET on TBS, Telemundo, Universo, HBO Max, Peacock Social Media: @USMNT on Twitter and Instagram; U.S. Soccer on Facebook, The U.S. Soccer App
Tonight’s USMNT Starting XI vs. Mexico: 1-Sean Johnson, 2-Sergiño Dest, 3-Walker Zimmerman (capt.), 5-Aaron Long, 6-James Sands, 9-Jesús Ferreira, 13-Jordan Morris, 14-Cade Cowell, 19-Brandon Vazquez, 22-DeAndre Yedlin, 23-Kellyn Acosta
Substitutes: 12-Roman Celentano, 20-Drake Callender, 4-Matt Miazga, 7-Paxton Pomykal, 8-Jackson Yueill, 10-Alan Soñora, 11-Aidan Morris, 15-Caleb Wiley, 16-Julian Gressel, 18-Shaq Moore, 21-Josh Wynder
- USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): DeAndre Yedlin (78), Kellyn Acosta (58), Jordan Morris (52), Walker Zimmerman (40), Aaron Long (32), Sergiño Dest (25), Jesús Ferreira (18), Sean Johnson (12), James Sands (8), Brandon Vazquez (3), Cade Cowell (3)
- USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers vs. Mexico (including this match): DeAndre Yedlin (10), Kellyn Acosta (7), Jordan Morris (5), Aaron Long (4), Walker Zimmerman (4), Sergiño Dest (3), Jesús Ferreira (2), James Sands (2)
- Tonight’s USMNT Starting XI has an average age of 26 years, 195 days.
- The team averages 29 caps overall.
- Eight of 11 starters were part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup roster: Kellyn Acosta, Sergiño Dest, Jesús Ferreira, Sean Johnson, Aaron Long, Jordan Morris, DeAndre Yedlin, and Walker Zimmerman
- Midfielder James Sands makes his first USMNT appearance since Sept. 8, 2021, a 4-1 win at Honduras during the first 2022 World Cup qualifying window.
- Sands joins Jordan Morris and DeAndre Yedlin as the three players making their first appearances of 2023.
- The leading cap-winner on the roster, Yedlin will make his 10th appearance against Mexico. The veteran defender is the 13th USMNT player to earn double-digit caps against El Trí.
- Other USMNT Players with 10+ appearances vs. Mexico: Landon Donovan (17), Cobi Jones (17), DaMarcus Beasley (12), Michael Bradley (12), Brian McBride (12), Claudio Reyna (12), Jeff Agoos (11), Alexi Lalas (11), Tim Howard (11), Clint Dempsey (10), Frankie Hejduk (10), Eric Wynalda (10).
- Having earned his first cap back in 2011, veteran goalkeeper Sean Johnson leads the list of three players who will make their first appearances against Mexico. Johnson is joined by dual-national forwards Cade Cowell and Brandon Vazquez in playing for the first time against El Trí at the senior international level.
- Johnson currently holds the longest shutout streak in USMNT history at 759 minutes. The only goal he has conceded came eight minutes into his USMNT debut, a 1-1 draw with Chile on Jan. 22, 2011. Since then, Johnson has also contributed a record 10 consecutive team shutouts and earned a joint-record six straight shutouts of his own when he’s played the full 90 minutes.
|USMNT Goalkeeper Shutout Streak Leaders (Minutes)|
|Sean Johnson||759||1/22/2011 - present|
|Mark Dodd||571||6/3/1988 – 2/19/1992|
|Matt Turner||568||7/15/2021 – 9/5/2021|
|Kasey Keller||561||1/18/1996 – 3/23/1997|
|Kasey Keller||554||5/19/2002 – 7/23/2003|
- Walker Zimmerman captains the USMNT for the ninth time tonight.
- Five players appeared in the last meeting with Mexico – a 0-0 draw in World Cup Qualifying on March 24, 2022, at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Kellyn Acosta, DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman started the match, before Aaron Long and Jordan Morris came on as substitutes.
- Jordan Morris is the only player on the roster to have scored against Mexico, with the forward tallying his first international goal while still a student at Stanford University in a 2-0 friendly win on April 15, 2015, in San Antonio.
- Sergiño Dest made his senior team debut against Mexico, starting on Sept. 6, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.
- Nine different MLS clubs are represented in the Starting XI: FC Cincinnati (Vazquez), FC Dallas (Ferreira), Inter Miami (Yedlin), LAFC (Acosta and Long), Nashville SC (Zimmerman), New York City FC (Sands), San Jose Earthquakes (Cowell), Seattle Sounders (J. Morris), Toronto FC (Johnson).
- Four substitutes could make their senior team debuts tonight: goalkeepers Drake Calender and Roman Celentano, and defenders Caleb Wiley and Josh Wynder.
- Should Wynder appear, he would become the 13th player under the age of 18 to appear for the USMNT.
- Six substitutions are allowed in three different moments. Halftime does not count as a substitution moment.
- Prior to the match, captains from both teams will read a message discouraging all forms of discrimination and encouraging a safe, inclusive and respectful environment.
- While the USA’s all-time record against Mexico is 22-36-16, the Red, White and Blue hold a 17-9-7 advantage since 2000.
- Bryan Lopez of Guatemala is the referee for tonight’s match. The USMNT is 1-1-0 in matched officiated by Lopez which include the 3-0 defeat to Venezuela in a friendly on June 9, 2019 in Cincinnati, and the 1-0 win against El Salvador in World Cup qualifying on Jan. 27, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio.