As the Premier League takes a break, Wag doesn’t. The USMNT seek revenge in a not-so-friendly fixture against Mexico tonight. There can only be one winner.
Welcome to the international break where we set aside our local pride and root for our true colors. This will be the least friendly friendly of all friendly’s. This is a game of bragging rights, pride, and everything that makes this sport the beautiful game. We stay away from the political issues because the only talking that anybody listens too is on the pitch. The two CONCACAF giants have a fiery history and look to continue their rivalry after Mexico’s Gold Cup glory.
Shocking stat of the day, the United States has been more victorious over El Tri. Although Mexico is the better team in recent fixtures, the United States holds a 14-9-6 record in the last two decades. The US Men’s National Team are still in the process of finding their identity as they want to become an international powerhouse. But for now, they have Christian Pulisic, Western McKennie, and Zack Steffan to lead USMNT into the promise land that is the World Cup group stages. I’m getting off-track. Mexico’s El Tri are a fiery squad lead by Wolverhampton Wolves stud Raul Jimenez and the brick wall Ochoa morph’s into in front of the net.
Recapping their Gold Cup Final matchup in July, it was clear El Tri were the better side. There was this feeling in the second half that Mexico was going to squeeze a goal through, and Jonathan dos Santos just did that smacking the bottom of the crossbar. A big issue the USMNT was dealing with were the misplaced passes, letting Mexico’s midfield win the ball, and failure to stop counter-attacks. But also, Ochoa was on fire in that final.
Friday night will be electric at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It will be a mix of fans and as I noted before, this is not a friendly. After a little digging, I found another incredible stat that degenerate gamblers love to read. The USMNT hasn’t lost to Mexico in September since 1977 keeping a clean sheet in all three matches. However, the US has never beaten Mexico after facing them in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. What I do know is that we have a low scoring game on our hands. I think the USMNT is going to pull off a 1-0 victory over El Tri for revenge! Take the USA (+204) to win and the Under 2.5 goals (-162) just in case the US concedes a catastrophic goal.
USA Money Line at +204 & Under 2.5 at -162 with PointsBet