Pick 'Em: MLSsoccer.com editors predict #MEXvUSA

Each week during the MLS season, the MLSsoccer.com editors share their picks ahead of league matches. This time, they take a crack at Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between the United States and Mexico at Estadio Azteca (10:30 pm ET, ESPN and Univision, Live chat on MLSsoccer.com).

Disagree? Make your voice heard in the poll to the right and in the comment section below!

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Editor Score Comments

Greg Lalas


After the USMNT's emotional roller coaster last week, this one almost feels like a friendly. Plus, whenever people start questioning the Mexicans, they have a funny habit of beating the Yanks to make everything right in their world. Plus, um, it's the Az-frickin'-teca! Buena suerte.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


I want to believe that this US team will go down and shock the (continental) world, but Mexico need this game badly and they have the talent to get the home victory. Plus, "assume the worst and hope for the best" is a favorite philosophy of mine.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


No, Geoff Cameron, no American fan wants to see you lose. But can you slow down Andrés Guardado? Will whoever lines up in the middle keep Chicharito from pouncing on a loose ball? Will Jermaine Jones' replacement disrupt Gio dos Santos? I just don't see it this time. But I invite you to prove me very wrong.

Kristel Valencia
Editor FutbolMLS.com


Mexico’s one-on-one abilities far outweigh the US’, and these games often come down to a single brilliant moment. Chicharito scored twice against Honduras, both Guardado and Gio are back on track and this attacking trio will cause so much damage, as usual, to a USMNT defense that is still trying to settle. That’s the US weakness and that’s where Mexico will cause the most damage.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


It's actually somewhat scary that Mexico are coming into this game more desperate than the US. A loss here isn't really a big deal for the Yanks, but anything less than the full three points might cost "Chepo" de la Torre his job, and some players their starting spots. Expect 90 minutes of relentless pressure from El Tri.

Simon Borg
Senior Editor


Don't start with five in the back? Pay the consequences. Mexico's attack too dynamic and dangerous for makeshift US backline.

Andrew Wiebe



I'm in the minority here, but I think the internal pressure on Mexico (not to mention 100,000-plus antsy fans at Azteca) keeps them from playing to their potential. The US will snatch a goal via set piece in the first half and hold on for the ride. Unfortunately for Jurgen Klinsmann, things won't turn out like last August. This time the Mexicans get their goal, and the teams split the points.

Nick Rosano


El Tri may not have picked up a qualifying win yet, but the Azteca is the Azteca and Mexico are still a darn good team. That alone will likely be too much for the US overcome. And though there are plenty of capable men to fill his spot, it might take Jermaine Jones' absence to make us take notice of what an important role he plays for the USMNT.



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