UPDATE 7:01 p.m. — Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan score in a big win for the U.S., which could clinch an official berth in the 2014 World Cup later tonight depending on the Honduras-Panama score.
UPDATE 4:00 p.m. — Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson are in the starting lineup for the U.S., as is Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman.
GK Tim Howard, D Fabian Johnson, D Clarence Goodson, D Omar Gonzalez, D DaMarcus Beasley, M Jermaine Jones, M Kyle Beckerman, M Alejandro Bedoya, M Clint Dempsey, M Landon Donovan, F Eddie Johnson
UPDATE 3:15 p.m. — Here is Sigi Schmid’s preview: “It’s an interesting game, especially with the turmoil in Mexico with the change of coaches and everything else. How much is (Luis Fernando) Tena going to change the lineup for them really becomes an interesting proposition. You don’t know exactly what they’re going to come at you with. Is he going to rely a little more on some of the players that played well for him in the Olympics? Is he going to give (Oribe) Peralta another run? Is he going to try to play with Peralta and Chicharito up front? There are a lot of question marks there.
“And for the U.S., they’ve got to replace a few players. So we’re hoping (Real Salt Lake’s Kyle) Beckerman is one of the guys they use – that will be good for us, as well. And I think he probably deserves a shot right now with (Michael) Bradley out of there, because he had a good Gold Cup and he’s been playing well. It’s going to be an important game because when you first looked at this fixture at the beginning of the Hex, you would have probably said hopefully this is a game where both the U.S. and Mexico are sort of through and it really doesn’t matter. But now the game is really important to Mexico. And if it becomes important for Mexico and they produce a result, all of a sudden it becomes a really important game to the U.S.”
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Here is some gameday reading ahead of a World Cup qualifier between the U.S. men’s national team and Mexico at 5 p.m. tonight in Columbus, Ohio. I’ll also be hosting a live chat during the game…
— First off, here is a team preview from the federation with a bunch of notes. If you missed it, the team called in four players (Joe Corona, Brad Davis, Clarence Goodson, Jose Torres) to boost a roster hit by injury (Michael Bradley) and suspension (Jozy Altidore and Matt Besler).
— Here is a look at ESPN’s blowout broadcast coverage.
— Remember, the U.S. can clinch a berth in the World Cup finals with a win and a Panama loss or tie.
— Here is the latest from KickTV’s “The Hex” (always good viewing).