The USMNT and Mexico national football team (El Tri) have had a number of now-iconic battles over the past few months. But ahead of tonight's massive World Cup qualifier, the excitement is at a boiling point.
El Tri host the United States at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City tonight. It's a venue where the USMNT has never won a match. The stakes couldn't be higher given where both teams sit in the standings right now.
The USMNT is tied with Mexico on the CONCACAF table with 21 points, but edge out El Tri on goal differential. A win would put either team on the cusp of World Cup qualification with just two Matchdays to go.
With both teams automatically qualifying for the 2026 World Cup as host nations, this may be the last time the two arch-rivals play in a World Cup match. As you can imagine, fans for both nations are as excited for this game or more than previous games:
The USMNT have beaten Mexico an unprecedented three times in a row. But a number of players who contributed to those wins are out with various injuries. The most notables absences are midfielders Weston McKennie and Brenden Aaronson.
Nevertheless, the USMNT will still have the services of cornerstone players like Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Gio Reyna and Zack Steffen.
There are a number of scenarios that can ensure the USMNT plays in Qatar later this year. But getting all three points against Mexico would give them slightly more room for error with Panama and Costa Rica coming up.
Will the USMNT get a win over Mexico and get that much closer to World Cup qualification?