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USMNT vs México: International Break Friendly, Gold Cup Rematch

Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico) celebrating the game-winning goal against the USMNT | Photo by Mexico | July 7, 2019
USMNT vs México: International Break Friendly, Gold Cup Rematch

The international friendlies now weigh in for the CONCACAF Nations League and World Cup Qualifiers. Gregg Berhalter’s squad list is full of talent with some outstanding new call-ups that lead the way into the new generation. As the USMNT vs Mexico game for the International Break Gold Cup represents a new beginning.

Coach Berhalter’s side face the Mexican National team on Friday, almost two months after the 1-0 loss for the Gold Cup Final. The rivalry is about pride and dominance, and goes beyond anything being disputed. But facing lifelong rivals after losing a final against them won’t give anyone the rematch win satisfaction.

Match Preview: USMNT vs Mexico

The Mexican squad has great talent, with world class players like Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez who pulled summer transfers to top European sides. Equally important, is Raul Jimenez who is in top form. Mexico’s roster has experience and youth as well. El Tri remains undefeated under Martino’s process, and are favorites for winning the international friendly.

Hirving Lozano Mexico

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano warming up before the Mexico National Team’s match | Photo by Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time | March 26, 2019

The pressure will be different for the USMNT players, specially those who will make their first appearance with the team. Josh Sargent, Sergiño Dest, and Paxton Pomykal will likely get a chance to play and set a first impression. With the absences of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, Christian Pulisic is taking a key role as team leader. 

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Christian Pulisic (USMNT) vs Honduras | Photo by Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time | March 24, 2017

Also read: USMNT Roster Analysis: The New, the Old and the Blah

The match result will affect the FIFA ranking, but the gameplay will determine the level of competition   the team can handle. Mexico is the biggest rival in the CONCACAF area. A win would boost the team, and cement a great beginning for the new generation.

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