Will tonight be the night?
The U.S. men’s national team has never beat Mexico on Mexican soil. In fact, it has only managed just one tie in 24 tries — the rest have been losses. A chance at history comes at 4:30 p.m. at Azteca Stadium, where the U.S. is 0-19-1, and the friendly will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Should be a fun one.
Much of the pregame attention has regarded a “gap” between the two federations, something SI’s Grant Wahl thinks is a good thing for the U.S. but goalkeeper Tim Howard doesn’t think exists.
In some others links, here are some more thoughts from players courtesy of U.S. Soccer, one author wonders if Maurice Edu playing centerback might help with a big transfer move, and DaMarcus Beasley encourages more Americans to consider playing in Mexico.
Let’s get to the rest…
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— New DP Christian Tiffert was Sounders FC’s best player in San Jose according to the latest Castrol Weekly Index.
— Richland native and former UW star Hope Solo has remained in the headlines now that her autobiography is available. The latest controversy involved an alleged shove by former USWNT coach Greg Ryan back in 2007, which he has denied. Here’s another excerpt from the book regarding Solo’s critical tweets of broadcaster Brandi Chastain. Finally, Solo also did this interview with NBC’s Today.
— CONCACAF and FOX Soccer agreed to a four-year broadcast deal regarding the Gold Cup and Champions League.
— It’s official now: ESPNsoccernet has been replaced by ESPNFC.
— Around the world of soccer, Robin Van Persie has been transferred from Arsenal to Manchester United, Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba has had to retire following his scary on-field heart attack last season, and is Maradona headed to China?
— USWNT coach Pia Sundhage reportedly has some demands when it comes to a new contract. Her current deal supposedly ends in a few months.
— A trailer is now available for FIFA ’13.
— Lastly, did you miss Fredy Montero‘s episode on MLS 36? Check it out here.