MEXICO CITY, Mexico — USA and Mexico will continue their fierce rivalry in men’s soccer when the North American giants collide in a crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday night.
GOAL UPDATE: Mexico 1 v USA 1
Mexico have equalised and it’s a fantastic goal by Carlos Vela, who netted a solo goal in the 23rd minute. It’s now 1-1 and what a game. Game on!!
Michael Bradley has scored a stunning goal to give USA the lead in Mexico after just six minutes, after the home side gave the ball away and the American captain chipped over the advancing Ochoa, who was caught way off his line.
Game time for this one is set for 8:30 p.m. ET in Mexico City, Mexico, and live coverage will be on Fox Sports 1. Live online streaming is on FoxSports Go.
Univision Deportes and fuboTV will also have live coverage, with ESPN providing live GameCast online updates.
Mexico enter this contest as leaders of the CONCACAF Hexagonal standings with 13 points after five games, while the United States are sitting third on eight points.
Another win tonight for El Tri would all but punched their tickets in the 2018 World Cup Finals, while the U.S. would also move closer towards qualifying with three points.
A brace from Christian Pulisic piloted the U.S. to an important victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the last outing, while Mexico thrashed Honduras 3-0 in their last match.
When the Stars and Stripes and El Tri met on Nov. 11, last year, goals from Miguel Layún and Rafael Márquez setup the victory for Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, in the opening CONCACAF World Cup qualifying game for both teams.
Mexico have won the last two meetings of this series.
In team news, USA head coach Bruce Arena has decided to start with three central defenders – Geoff Cameron, Kellyn Acosta and Tim Ream, while Pulisic has been handed a free role behind Bobby Wood and Paul Arriola.
It was a bold move by Arena, who opted to leave experienced players Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore on the bench.
Meanwhile, for Mexico, Javier Chicharito Hernandez returns to the starting lineup after starting on the bench against Honduras.
Carlos Vela also starts up front for El Tri, while Jonathan dos Santos, Hirving Lozano and Héctor Herrera are in the starting team as well.
Giovani Dos Santos, Javier Aquino and Jesús Gallardo are among the substitutes.
Mexico Team: G. Ochoa, H. Moreno, O. Alanís, D. Reyes, C. Salcedo, M. Fabián, H. Herrera, J. dos Santos, H. Lozano, C. Vela, Javier Hernández. Subs:
J. Molina, R. Jiménez, R. Reyes, J. Damm, J. Dueñas, O. Pineda, R. Cota, O. Peralta, G. dos Santos, A. Talavera, J. Aquino, J. Gallardo
USA Team: B. Guzan, D. Beasley, G. Cameron, O. González T. Ream, D. Yedlin, M. Bradley, K. Acosta, C. Pulisic, B. Wood, P. Arriola. Subs: T. Howard, N. Rimando, F. Johnson, J. Brooks, D. McCarty, J. Morris, M. Hedges, D. Nagbe, M. Besler, G. Zusi, C. Dempsey, J. Altidore.