The road to the 2020 World Cup in Qatar for the U.S. Men’s National Team begins in Austria on March 29 when Gregg Berhalter’s side will meet Jamaica in the rematch of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinal. The U.S. will follow up that friendly with a trip to Belfast on April 1 where they will play Northern Ireland.
The 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup was originally scheduled to be held from July 2 through July 25 2021, but will now be played from July 10 through August 1. Mexico are the defending champions.
In the past, Concacaf hand-picked its Gold Cup groups based on commercial and competitive considerations. This year, however, in advance of the 16th regional championship, a proper draw was conducted for the first time. And for the USA, it delivered a tantalizing matchup with Alphonso Davies and Canada.
The Mexico national team will not be playing in the United States until fans are allowed back into stadiums, meaning El Tri is unlikely to play in the U.S. this year, according to Mexican federation (FMF) president Yon de Luisa.
Mexico usually plays five friendly games per year in the United States through its contract with Soccer United Marketing (SUM), attracting crowds that are regularly over 50,000.
However, the coronavirus pandemic means the immediate future of international football is up in the air.
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team and Mexico will renew their rivalry at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Tennessee on September 11.
The USA has met Mexico 67 times, far more than any international opponent. The first page of the USA-Mexico rivalry actually came on neutral ground in Italy in a one-game playoff for the right to represent the region at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. The USA’s 4-2 victory that day in Rome would be its last for 46 years, as Mexico showed considerable dominance in the rivalry.
Former Barcelona and New York Red Bulls defender Rafael Marquez is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the United States Treasury announced on Wednesday.
The Treasury said in a statement that it will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a football team and casino. The sanctions freeze all US assets of the people and entities named and forbid US citizens from doing business with them.
For the United States, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary in Klinsmann’s selections. Familiar faces such as Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Jozy Altidore are present as is the New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen, who is one of MLS’s hottest players at the moment.
In addition to Dempsey, who missed this month’s friendlies versus Peru and Brazil as he recovered from a hamstring injury, Fabian Johnson and DeMarcus Beasley have also been recalled after missing the two friendlies also.
With Jozy Altidore suspended, Jurgen Klinsmann had the opportunity to look at some new attacking options, and youth was well served as youngsters Jordan Morris and scored both goals.
Morris provided some moments of encouragement in an otherwise dull first half between two teams below full strength. Mexico had the best opportunity of the first half, when five minutes before the break Gerardo Flores’s cross to the near post was sent wide by Eduardo Herrera.
Hernandez made 24 league appearances for United last season, but just six of those were starts, and reportedly he has been told by new United manager Louis Van Gaal to look for another club.
Herrera is of the belief that a change of scenery in needed and thinks Hernandez’s rumored move to Juventus would serve the player well.
On Tuesday we got to see two of the favorites for the World Cup in action as dark horse Belgium played their first game of the tournament against and Algeria and host nation Brazil entertained Mexico.
Whether it was first game nerves,or the pressure of being their so called “golden generation: Belgium were not impressive at all against Algeria, and went behind after 23 minutes when Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen pulled back Sofiane Feghouli in the box.
The second day of the World Cup brought us our first surprise as holders Spain were taken apart 5-1 by Holland in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. In the day’s other games Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0 while Chile got by Australia 3-1.
But the story was in Salvador where the new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal side took apart the defending European champions with a brilliant second half display.