USA vs Mexico Preview
The United States has a shot at redemption after a painful loss in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They are set to square off with Mexico in what is sure to be a not so friendly friendly match.
There technically might not be anything on the line, but rest assured, the rivalry is going to draw the best out of both teams.
Given the manner in which the US lost the Gold Cup, it seems as though the US will enter the match even more intent on securing a victory than ever. Four unanswered goals from their intercontinental rival made for an embarrassing finish.
With the Jurgen Klinsmann era of USA soccer getting underway, the US will want to show Mexico that they are a new and improved team under new leadership. Klinsmann readily acknowledges the tall task in front of him. How quickly can he turn things around?
The coaching move gives Klinsmann time to prepare for the 2014 World Cup. It may seem like it's in the distant future, but if Klinsmann is going to get the US team ready to actually contend for a World Cup, that has to start right now.
The US have a chance to send a message. The world saw Mexico take down the US in the Gold Cup final. By coming back and taking down Mexico in their first match under Klinsmann, the US could show that the tides have turned.
Conversely, dropping the ball in this match and getting run off the pitch will speak to the tall mountain Klinsmann and the US have yet to climb.
These two teams haven't met in a friendly since 2008. The phrase friendly can be misleading, as you can be sure that both of these teams feel they are going in the match with a lot to prove.
The match is set to kick off on August 10 at 9:00 PM EST on ESPN2.
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