US, Mexico to square off in August 15 friendly at Azteca
The big one is set. US Soccer announced on Thursday that the US men's national team will square off against archrivals Mexico at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on August 15.
The match will be the first international friendly between the CONCACAF rivals on Mexican soil since 1984, when the US fell 2-1.
The US have played six matches in Mexico since, but have yet to muster a victory in 24 total attempts. With a lifetime record of 0-23-1, their two most recent trip south of the border resulted in back-to back 2-1 defeats in World Cup qualifying in 2005 and 2009.
"Mexico has proven to be one of the top teams in the world in the moment, so for us this is a huge opportunity," US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. "The US and Mexico have a very special rivalry, and the chance to be challenged in an environment like Estadio Azteca in Mexico City will be another important experience for the development of our players."
The midweek tilt against Mexico continues an approach of taking on the top teams in the world, with the US already having collected its first-ever road win against Italy in February before falling to five-time World Cup champions Brazil at the end of the May.
Although the US squad will be taking a step outside of 2014 World Cup qualifying, they currently lead Group A in the semifinal round in CONCACAF with four points after two matches, having defeated Antigua and Barbuda on June 8 in the opening match and then earning a 1-1 draw at Guatemala four days later.
The United States next face a double date with Jamaica, traveling to Kingston on Sept. 7 for the first meeting at "The Office" since 2004 and then returning to Columbus Crew Stadium on Sept. 11.