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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

July 8, 2011
ANOTHER FRIENDLY
US to face Mexico in Philadelphia


CHICAGO---The United States National Team will return to Philadelphia for the third time in little more than a year to face Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field on August 10 at 9pm.

The game will be televised by ESPN2 and Univision.

The regional rivals are coming off a meeting in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final where Mexico scored four unanswered goals to defeat the U.S. 4-2 in front of more than 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

“We’re thrilled that fans in Philadelphia will have a chance to witness this special rivalry,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “A match between the United States and Mexico inspires a lot of passion from both sides and creates an outstanding atmosphere in the stadium. These types of games are great experiences for our players, and we look forward to the challenge.”

Last year, Lincoln Financial Field hosted the team’s send off match against Turkey, prior to the 2010 World Cup. That game drew a large, enthusiastic crowd of 55,407. In September, the U.S. played Colombia at PPL Park, in front of just 8,823 fans.

The match on Aug. 10 will mark the 59th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 15-32-11 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 13-8-9 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 31 times, with the U.S. holding a 13-10-8 advantage. In the teams’ most significant matchup, the United States defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, advancing the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in 72 years.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will also play a pair of friendlies on the international fixture dates in September, hosting Costa Rica on Sept. 2 (11.pm ET) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before traveling to face Belgium on Sept. 6 in Brussels (2:30 pm ET)



   
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