For the second time in two months, the United States men’s national team is facing bitter rivals Mexico. Following a 1-0 victory by El Tri in the Gold Cup final, the two sides are meeting at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for a friendly in preparation of the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League.
Manager Gregg Berhalter called up 26 players for this match and the upcoming fixture against Uruguay. The roster features 15 holdovers from the Gold Cup, but also includes notable returning players, such as John Brooks, Brad Guzan, and Josh Sargent. National team regulars Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and Omar Gonzalez are remaining with Toronto FC, due to certain MLS teams opting to play during international windows.
Dual-national Sergiño Dest will reportedly make his senior international debut. The defender has been on an upward trajectory, starring at the 2019 U-20 World Cup and earning a spot in the competitive Ajax rotation. Dest has received increased interest from the Dutch national team; he recently indicated that he will continue to keep options open.
Mexico has yet to lose under the management of Gerardo “Tata” Martino, boasting a 9-0-1 record in 2019. He called up an experienced 31-player squad, featuring Raúl Jiménez, Andrés Guardado, and Hector Herrera. While Mexico continues to dominate CONCACAF, Martino is focused on chasing elite status and rising above the “second level” of international soccer.
United States lineup:
How to Watch
Advertised Kick-off Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Pacific
Venue: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey
Available TV: FS1 (English), Univision, (Spanish), Univision Deportes (Spanish)
Available Streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Univision (App/Website), FuboTV (Free trial)
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