MEXICO CITY – It's with good reason that US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann feels so confident going up against Mexico in the Estadio Azteca in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night (10:30 pm ET, ESPN and Univision).
He's never lost against Mexico in his professional career and it is a well-publicized fact here in Mexico City.
"We have a lot of respect for Mexico, but we do not have any fear," Klinsmann said ahead of Tuesday's third round of the CONCACAF Hexagonal.
Taking into account his playing days with the German national team and his tenure as a head coach for both Germany and the United States, Klinsmann has a 3-0-3 record against El Tri.
As a player, Klinsmann faced Mexico in 1992 (1-1 friendly draw), 1993 (another friendly draw, 0-0) and then in the second round of the 1998 World Cup. Germany came from behind to win the knockout-round match 2-1 with Klinsmann scoring his final international goal in the victory.
At the helm of the German national team, Klinsmann met El Tri again in the 2005 Confederations Cup consolation match, where a memorable 4-3 win gave the European nation third place in the tournament.
And in the latest chapter of his career, Klinsmann debuted as US manager with a 1-1 exhibition tie against José Manuel de la Torre's men back in August 2011.
Then just a year later came the historic 1-0 friendly triumph at the Estadio Azteca for the first-ever US road win against Mexico.
"I had never such a big response about a game like that friendly win last August in Mexico City," Klinsmann told ESPN's Bob Ley in the video above. "That meant so much to so many people."