June 21, 2012
U.S. vs. Mexico at Azteca on Aug. 15
CHICAGO---Mexico and the United States certainly picked some tough sparring partners before both teams resume World Cup qualifying in September -- themselves.
The Mexican Football Federation on Thursday announced El Tri will host the Americans in an international friendly at Azteca Stadium on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. local time (8:00 pm ET)
This will be the first international friendly in Mexico since a 2-1 loss on Oct. 17, 1984. It will be broadcast on ESPN2.
It was not immediately known how many of the foreign-based players would be eligible for the game, but it does not seem likely because European leagues either kick off their 2012-13 season that week or are in the final stages of preparation.
The USA has never won at Azteca, having produced its best result, a scoreless draw in 1997 during a qualifier for the 1998 World Cup. The Americans are 0-23-1.
"Mexico has proven to be one of the top teams in the world in the moment, so for us this is a huge opportunity," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. "The U.S. and Mexico have a very special rivalry, and the chance to be challenged in an environment like Estadio Azteca in Mexico City will be another important experience for the development of our players."
The last time these two rivals met in Mexico City was in August, 2009, when the Mexicans recorded a 2-1 win over falling behind via a Charlie Davies goal.
The Americans resume qualifying with a home-and-home series with Jamaica in Group A, playing at the Reggae Boyz on Sept. 7 and hosting the Caribbean team four days later.
El Tri will visit Costa Rica for a Group B encounter on Sept. 7, returning home for a Sept. 11 encounter with the Ticos.