Posted on December 15, 2006
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The U.S. Men’s National Team announced Thursday that it will play Mexico in an exhibition game Feb. 7 at Glendale, Ariz., the second game for the MNT under interim head coach Bob Bradley.
Bradley was appointed to the position last week after former German star player and national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann turned down the offer from the U.S. Soccer Federation.
The game against Mexico comes 18 days after the Americans meet Denmark at Carson, Calif., in their first game since they were eliminated from the World Cup last June.
“I’m excited to be a part of my first game against Mexico,” Bradley said. “There is a great history to the rivalry, and I know it is always a special game for the players and fans. It is a great opportunity to see how our players respond against a challenging opponent.”
Like Bradley, Mexico head coach, Hugo Sanchez, will be embarking on his first year as his nation’s head soccer coach after being appointed to the position in November.
The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting a 6-0-1 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the USA has netted 11 goals, while the Mexicans have failed to score a single goal on American soil in this decade. In the team’s last meeting, the U.S. used a 2-0 victory on Sept. 3, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio to become the first team in the CONCACAF region to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The U.S. has a lifetime record of 12-29-10 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but has compiled a 10-6-8 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in 1990, the sides have played 24 times, with the U.S. holding a 10-7-7 advantage. In the team’s 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.