The scene might have shifted barely, however as soon as once more—and maybe for the final time—the U.S. males’s nationwide staff hosts rival Mexico in a World Cup qualifier in Ohio.
After 5 editions on the Columbus Crew’s house stadium, the U.S. has relocated this marquee matchup to Cincinnati, the place TQL Stadium will get to stage a bout between the highest two groups within the Concacaf World Cup qualifying Octagonal. Mexico enters three factors forward of the U.S., and the match comes 5 years after Mexico lastly broke by the aura of Columbus, the place the U.S. had beforehand gained 4 qualifiers all by a 2–0 rating. The two–1 win by El Tri in 2016 kicked off the U.S.’s failed try to achieve the 2018 World Cup.
The stakes are large Friday evening, the place a U.S. win would assure the hosts a share of first place midway by the 14-game qualifying gauntlet, whereas a loss would make issues considerably extra nervy heading into Tuesday’s match in Jamaica and the remaining two home windows early subsequent 12 months. The highest three groups within the Octagonal mechanically qualify for the World Cup, whereas the fourth-place staff goes to an intercontinental playoff.
The U.S. is a bit shorthanded for the match. Christian Pulisic is out there however will not be beginning, in response to supervisor Gregg Berhalter, whereas Sergiño Dest and Gio Reyna are sidelined with accidents. Mexico is not enjoying with a full deck both, with the guests dealing with a little bit of a middle again disaster. Néstor Araujo is suspended, César Montes is out injured and Héctor Moreno is an damage doubt as effectively.
Regardless, El Tri will likely be out to show a degree after shedding two Concacaf finals (Nations League, Gold Cup) to the U.S. in current months, whereas the People will goal to take care of their momentum within the rivalry whereas additionally additional cementing their standing on the street to Qatar.
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Right here is the U.S.’s lineup for the evening:
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