United States vs Mexico Match Analysis & Prediction
20/04/2023 5:00 am
Two of the long-time powerhouse teams in CONCACAF will meet on Thursday as the United States host Mexico at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix in what can termed as the first annual Continental Clasico.
This game will be a dress rehearsal for both teams before they face each other in the CONCACAF Nations League semi-final this June, having each topped their respective groups.
After a couple of poor performances against Serbia and Colombia at the beginning of the year, USA have bounced back nicely, winning their final two group matches in the Nations League 7-1 over Grenada and 1-0 versus El Salvador.
Interim manager Anthony Hudson adjusted his formation in those Nations League matches, going with a 4-2-3-1 as opposed to the 4-3-3 employed in his first two games in charge, and it made a huge difference in their performances.
Lately, the US have got the better of their Mexican rivals, unbeaten in their last four matches against them, including their previous three on American soil.
Following a disappointing perofrmance in Qatar last winter, Mexico are going through a transitional period in the hopes of reclaiming their status as a force in CONCACAF.
The future of the team is now in the hands of Diego Cocca, who is coming off a successful sting with Atlas, leading them to their first Apertura title in Liga MX in 70 years back in 2021 and helping them claim the Clausura crown the following year.
In his two matches in charge, El Tri have controlled the tempo of those games while maintaining much of the possession, although they have not always shown that killer instinct in the attack, taking 25 shots against Jamaica but playing to a 2-2 draw.
Mexico have not beaten the United States since September 2019 (3-0), their longest winless run against the Yanks since failing to win in six successive matches from August 2011 to April 2015.
United States vs. Mexico Head to head
In the 75 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, United States have claimed 25 victories while Mexico have won 34, and they have drawn in 16. Mexico have scored 146 goals and conceded 90 in the process.
07/06/2021United States(E)3Mexico2Concacaf Nations League
02/08/2021United States(E)1Mexico0Concacaf Gold Cup
13/11/2021United States2Mexico0Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers
25/03/2022Mexico0United States0Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers
United States Team News
Paul Arriola had been experiencing tightness in his right hamstring, and Cristian Roldan is entering concussion protocal with both being dropped from the USA team as a precaution.
Caleb Wiley, Drake Callender and Joshua Wynder will participate in their first camp with the senior team.
United States's Last 5 Matches
03/12/2022Netherlands3United States1FIFA World Cup
25/03/2023Grenada1United States7Concacaf Nations League
28/03/2023United States1El Salvador0Concacaf Nations League
Mexico Team News
Julian Araujo, currently on the Barcelona B team, is the only El Tri player called up for this game who features outside of Mexico.
Roberto de la Rosa, Aldo Rocha, Ozziel Herrera, Victor Guzman, Omar Campos, Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Luis Malagon will be seeking their first appearance for the senior squad on Thursday.
Mexico's Last 5 Matches
22/11/2022Mexico0Poland0FIFA World Cup
26/11/2022Argentina2Mexico0FIFA World Cup
30/11/2022Saudi Arabia1Mexico2FIFA World Cup
24/03/2023Suriname0Mexico2Concacaf Nations League
27/03/2023Mexico2Jamaica2Concacaf Nations League
United States vs. Mexico: Odds and Predictions
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