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Mar 27, 2013

Soccer-Battling U.S. frustrate Mexico at Azteca

MEXICO CITY, March 26 (Reuters) – A battling United States held Mexico to their third straight draw in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, grinding out a goalless stalemate in a tense encounter at the Azteca Stadium on Tuesday.

The result was only the second time the U.S. have earned a point from a qualifier at the Azteca and the gutsy display with an injury-hit squad took the U.S to four points from their three games.

Mar 26, 2013

”Chicharito” poses deadly threat to U.S. defence

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann’s motto for Tuesday’s World Cup CONCACAF qualifier against Mexico has been “respect but not fear” but when it comes to dealing with striker Javier Hernandez, it is clear there is trepidation as well as admiration.

Manchester United striker Hernandez is by far the most deadly striker in the CONCACAF region and his two goals against Honduras, in Friday’s 2-2 draw, took his national team tally to an impressive 30 in 45 outings.

Mar 26, 2013

Soccer-’Chicharito’ poses deadly threat to U.S. defence

MEXICO CITY, March 25 (Reuters) – U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann’s motto for Tuesday’s World Cup CONCACAF qualifier against Mexico has been “respect but not fear” but when it comes to dealing with striker Javier Hernandez, it is clear there is trepidation as well as admiration.

Manchester United striker Hernandez is by far the most deadly striker in the CONCACAF region and his two goals against Honduras, in Friday’s 2-2 draw, took his national team tally to an impressive 30 in 45 outings.

Mar 25, 2013

Soccer-Mexican-American trio face emotional game at Azteca

MEXICO CITY, March 25 (Reuters) – For three members of Juergen Klinsmann’s United States team, Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico is a particularly special occasion – all belong to the U.S’s Mexican-American community.

Central defender Omar Gonzalez, striker Herculez Gomez and midfielder Joe Corona were all born in the States to Mexican parents with Gomez and Corona playing their football in the Mexican league.

Mar 25, 2013

Soccer-Azteca cauldron awaits North American derby

MEXICO CITY, March 25 (Reuters) – Mexico and the United States renew their rivalry on Tuesday when they face each other in the intimidating atmosphere of a packed Azteca stadium with World Cup qualification points on the line.

The Mexicans are under pressure after drawing their opening two CONCACAF qualifiers – at home to Jamaica and away to Honduras.

Mar 25, 2013

Stakes raised as Mexico prepares to host U.S

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The intense rivalry between the United States and Mexico ensures there is always plenty at stake whenever the two teams meet.

Tuesday’s World Cup clash at the Azteca Stadium is no different although this match has been given some added spice after both countries made a slow start to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying.

Mar 25, 2013

Soccer-Stakes raised as Mexico prepares to host U.S.

MEXICO CITY, March 25 (Reuters) – The intense rivalry between the United States and Mexico ensures there is always plenty at stake whenever the two teams meet.

Tuesday’s World Cup clash at the Azteca Stadium is no different although this match has been given some added spice after both countries made a slow start to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying.

Mar 25, 2013

Injured Jones to miss U.S. game with Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The United States’ hopes of a first World Cup qualifying win over Mexico at the Azteca Stadium suffered a blow on Sunday when key midfielder Jermaine Jones was ruled out with an ankle injury.

A U.S. team spokesman said Jones had picked up a left ankle sprain in Friday’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Denver where he also received stitches at halftime for a gash in his leg.

Mar 25, 2013

Soccer-Injured Jones to miss U.S. game with Mexico

MEXICO CITY, March 24 (Reuters) – The United States’ hopes of a first World Cup qualifying win over Mexico at the Azteca Stadium suffered a blow on Sunday when key midfielder Jermaine Jones was ruled out with an ankle injury.

A U.S. team spokesman said Jones had picked up a left ankle sprain in Friday’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Denver where he also received stitches at halftime for a gash in his leg.

Mar 23, 2013

Klinsmann gets the right response from battling U.S

DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) – After a week surprisingly dominated by talk of rifts and lack of player confidence in coach Juergen Klinsmann, the United States gave a characteristically battling display to beat Costa Rica 1-0 in driving snow.

There was nothing to learn about Klinsmann’s tactics, about the nuances of team formation in Friday’s game which, in many other circumstances, may have been halted due to the snow-covered field.

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