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Thursday, 10 November 2016

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: USA vs Mexico

The most important match of CONCACAF marks the start of the Hexagonal Final to qualify for the World Cup. The United States and Mexico meet again at the traditional Columbus Crew Stadium. The two teams do not arrive at their best, but they hope to correct the way in this vital match. The United States wants to continue with the streak of "Two to Zero; Mexico will seek to take the weight off the story and finally take the three points home.

How do they get there?
- In the Fourth Round Eliminatory, Mexico was leader of Group A with 16 points; The United States took the C with 13.

-New Zealand was synodal for both teams. While Mexico defeated the All Whites 2-1, our northern neighbors failed to pass 1-1.

-In addition to New Zealand, Mexico faced and beat Panama 1-0; Las Barras y Estrellas went to a historic visit to Cuba where they were 2-0 winners.

What you need to know:
- The data that everyone talks about: Mexico has never been able to win and even score a goal to the United States in the field of the Crew. Four matches played since 2001 and all were 2-0 in favor of the locals.

-This stadium, commercially known as Mapfre, has been a real strength for Uncle Sam's. Of 11 games played there, the United States has a mark of 8 won and 3 tied, in addition that only has received 1 goal in total.

- Although Mexico has already beaten them in Gold Cups, Friendlies, or in the most recent CONCACAF Cup, the Tricolor did not defeat the United States in a tie since 1972, when the passes for the 1974 World Cup were defined .

-The last time Mexico scored points against their top rivals in the qualifiers was in the distant 1997 to the 1998 World Cup in France. The match ended 2-2 at the defunct Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

-The United States maintains an impressive streak of 30 consecutive games without losing as a local in World Cup qualifying. The last defeat fell to Honduras on September 1, 2001.

- Mexicans and Americans accumulate 27 eliminatory games. The series is favorable to Mexico with 15 games in their favor, 6 for the United States and draws.

At club level, the famous "Chuky is slowly consolidating in the MX League. This year, Lozano was champion of the 2016 Clausura with Pachuca and in the Apertura tournament he already has 7 goals and 5 assists, besides other 5 goals and 1 attendance in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Will US dominance continue, or will Mexico break with that poor streak?