When: Sept. 10, 2013
This will be Mexico's ultimate test. The last time "Los Verdes" held off the United States at their home was in a World Cup qualifier in October 1972.
After that, the USMNT has a fantastic record: four victories, two draws and zero defeats. Three of those victories have been consecutive, all with the same score, 2-0, and all in the same place: Columbus—enough reason to play here yet again.
The weather conditions will be an advantage for the USA, as it has in past games, but this time Mexico will manage to grab one point.
Klinsmann's boys were not very convincing in the semifinals, and even when they secured their ticket to the "Hex" as the best team of Group A, the constant changes and the lack of goals have raised some serious doubts.
Sure, Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra, Herculez Gómez and Tim Howard have been key figures along the process, but this time they will face one of the strongest teams that Mexico has ever had.
They need to focus to have a chance at stopping Hernández—speed—and Peralta—long-distance shot—and then they will have to take advantage of counterattacks. Mexico's weakest link is the defense.
Prediction: 1-1 draw