The United States Men’s National soccer team has never won a World Cup qualifying match against Mexico in their arch-rival’s home country — a sorry streak that the current edition of the USMNT will have a chance to break on Sunday in a match that will live stream from the formidable Estadio Azteca in Mexico City as the United States looks for three more points in its resurgent campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In fact, the Mexico team known to fans as El Tri has lost only two home matches ever in World Cup qualifying, while winning 40 and drawing just seven, meaning that Bruce Arena’s group will need to play flawless soccer on Sunday to have any hope of emerging with even one point, much less three.
To make the task even harder for the United States, after their 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, Arena may rest some of his key starters, including 34-year-old Clint Dempsey who has become the veteran face of the United States team. The game in Mexico City will be played at an even higher altitude than in Denver, risking potential exhaustion for some players.
But the rising young United States star who scored a second-half goal on Thursday, 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, will be in the starting lineup against Mexico.
“I’m still young,” the Borussia Dortmund midfielder said on Saturday. “(Mexico is) a good team and not easy to beat at home. It’s going to take a lot, but I think with the guys we have and the confidence we have, there’s no reason why we can’t do it.”
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Mexico vs. United States Men’s National Team 2018 World Cup qualifying showdown, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time at Estadio Azteca in the suburban Santa Úrsula district of Mexico City, Mexico, on Sunday, June 11. That start time will be 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific.
To watch a preview of the Mexico vs. United States clash, click on the video below.
The game is not considered a “must win” for either team, as Mexico seems certain of qualifying for Russia 2018 with 13 points atop the Hexagonal CONCACAF qualifying table — and the United States has recovered from a near-disastrous two-loss start to their qualifying campaign to now stand at 2-2-1, in third place with their easiest game yet to be played.
But with the United States winning only once, and drawing only twice, in 22 tries in Mexico since their first meeting in 1934, a win would mark an enormous step forward for the U.S. men’s soccer program and a tremendous confidence builder to take into next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Can the United States Men’s National Team finally win a World Cup qualifying match while playing south of the border? Or will the Hexagonal-lading Mexico side cruise to another three points, sealing their already-certain place in Russia next year? To find out, watch the Mexico vs. United States Men’s National Team CONCACAF region 2018 World Cup Qualifying match with streaming video offered by Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet, computers, and smartphones. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV and Roku set-top streaming devices, allowing fans to watch the United vs. Celta UEFA Europa League semifinal match live on their TV sets.
World Cup soccer fans in the United States without cable login credentials can watch the Mexico vs. United States rivalry clash legally and for free on Sling TV by signing up for a seven-day free trial of the Sling “Blue” or “Orange” plans. Both include Fox Sports One, which carries the World Cup qualifying tournament match. The various Sling TV plans can be explored at this link.
YouTube TV, which comes with a free trial lasting a full one month and is available in several major U.S. cities, also includes Fox Sports One and the Mexico vs. United States Men’s National Team showdown in the Mexico City suburbs, with signup available at this link.
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