The United States women will play Mexico in a September 3 friendly at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., making for a U.S. vs. Mexico heavy month. Seven days after the women play in the nation's capital, the men will play Mexico in the biggest home match of the cycle, a World Cup qualifier at Crew Stadium. The men and women will both get to play their southern neighbors for CONCACAF supremacy.
While a friendly doesn't match a World Cup qualifier, the women should be able to put on a pretty good display at RFK Stadium. The match comes just four days after the NWSL Playoffs end, so while the players who played in the final may want a rest, they should be fit and in form while the rest of the team will only be a week or two out of season.
The U.S. and Mexico played in January of last year, which the Americans won 4-0 thanks to a Carli Lloyd hat trick. Their previous contest was much closer, with a Lauren Cheney rocket providing the difference in a 1-0 U.S. win, while three years ago, Mexico upended the U.S. 2-1 in Cancun to put the Americans' World Cup qualification in doubt. The U.S. had to play in a two-legged playoff against Italy because of that loss, which they won to qualify for the 2011 World Cup.