January 13, 2009
ON THE TUBE
ESPN2 to televise U.S.-Mexico on Feb. 11
ESPN2 will televise the World Cup qualifying match between the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team and Mexico from Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. ET.
ESPN's lead team of play-by-play commentator JP Dellacamera and analyst John Harkes will call the game with sideline reporter Pedro Gomez, who is fluent in English and Spanish and has handled several sideline reporting duties for U.S. Soccer and MLS events, including the 2008 MLS Cup on ABC.
The February 11 match will mark the third successive final round of World Cup qualifying matches between the two CONCACAF powerhouse teams in Columbus. In the first meeting Feb. 28, 2001 - dubbed the "Guerra Fria" -- Cold War -- because the game-time temperature topped out at 29 degrees - for the 2002 World Cup, the U.S. won 2-0. Four years and six months later, Sept. 3, 2005, the U.S. team earned a place in the 2006 World Cup in Germany with another 2-0 victory over Mexico.
The U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago are the six nations competing in the 10-game home-and-away series from Feb. 11 - Oct. 14. The top three teams will advance to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held Nov. 14 and 18 against the fifth-place team in the South American WCQ series.