US, Mexico set to play friendly in Philly on August 10
The US national team will get another shot at Mexico sooner than many may have expected.
US Soccer announced on Friday that the CONCACAF archrivals will square off in a friendly on August 10 at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field (9 pm ET, ESPN2, Univisión, ESPN3.com).
While the stakes won't be the same as last month's Gold Cup final, which produced an epic 4-2 Mexican win, the players will probably remain largely the same, as the match falls on a FIFA international fixture date. That means the European contingent from both sides — including players like Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Javier "Chicharito" Hernández and Giovani dos Santos — should be available, although both the Bundesliga and EPL seasons start within a week of the game.
The US had maintained a period of dominance over El Tri for nearly a decade — including 11 straight games unbeaten on American soil — that ended in emphatic fashion in the 2009 Gold Cup final, which was won 5-0 by the visitors. Including World Cup qualifying results, Mexico have now won three straight against the US by an aggregate score of 11-3.
The last time the US and Mexico squared off in a friendly, the result was a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu on the US side and a brace from Jonny Magallón of Mexico. That was way back in February of 2008 at Houston's Reliant Stadium.
Under head coach Bob Bradley, the US are 2-3-1 against Mexico in all competitions, having won just one time in the last five meetings.
This is the third announced friendly match for the US national team since the Gold Cup. Bradley's men will also entertain Costa Rica at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Sept. 2 and then travel to Europe four days later to take on Belgium in Brussels.