Mexico vs. USA Live Stream: When and Where to Watch Wednesday's Friendly Match

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 3:  Tim Howard #1 of USA goal kicks the ball against Canada during their international friendly match on June 3, 2012 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Mexico's football fans have barely had a chance to recover from the country's shocking run to an Olympic gold medal as they prepare to cheer on the senior national team in a friendly on Wednesday night against the United States.

It's the last match for both sides before World Cup qualifying continues early next month, giving the rivals plenty of motivation heading into the match. The one thing games between Mexico and Team USA never lack is intensity.

Here's a look at all the key viewing information for the clash and some star players to watch as both sides attempt to build some chemistry.

Where: Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico

When: Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN2

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Players to Watch

Landon Donovan

Donovan turned some heads in a interview when he said his future beyond his current Los Angeles Galaxy contract remains up in the air. He's been the face of American soccer for so long that it would be weird to see a match against Mexico without him.

While it would still be surprising to see the talented playmaker hang up his cleats since the next World Cup cycle has already started, it's a reminder that he's not going to be around forever. At some point, the United States will need to find someone to replace him.

As for now, he remains a vital piece of the American attack. Unfortunately, it will be another match where he isn't on the field with Clint Dempsey, who isn't part of the squad. That puts extra pressure on Donovan to create scoring chances.

Javier Hernandez

The main reason Mexico has started to pull ahead of the United States is an improved attack featuring Hernandez. The Manchester United striker has scored 25 goals in 38 international games and will be the focus of the American back line.

Chicharito has great pace and a terrific shot, but his best attribute his probably his poise in front of goal. A lot of young players struggle with consistency early in their careers as they attempt to prove their worth, but that hasn't been a problem for Hernandez.

If Mexico is going to keep its home unbeaten streak against Team USA alive, Hernandez will have to lead the charge. He's the most accomplished striker on the squad and needs to prove he can carry the team on his back in key matches.

Tim Howard

A lot like Donovan, American fans probably won't truly understand how much Howard has meant to the national team until he's gone. The 33-year-old Everton star has made 78 appearances for the United States and has stolen his fair share of games during that time.

He figures to see plenty of action on Wednesday night courtesy of Hernandez and Co. While a goalkeeper is always reliant on his defense, it would be huge USA's confidence if Howard can steal a victory or even a competitive draw.

The biggest thing working against him will be an inexperienced back line. No defender on the squad has more than six appearances for the national team, which is a worrisome fact heading into hostile territory. Howard will need to be on top form to keep his team in the game.