With three matches remaining in the CONCACAF qualifying campaign for the World Cup in Qatarthe United States will visit the Azteca Stadium, where they will face Mexico this Thursday in a key match for both teams’ aspirations.
The team coached by Gregg Berhalter is in second place in the qualifying group with the same number of points as his opponent, 21 in total. However, their better goal difference puts them above El Tri, an opponent that is not going through its best moment.
power to power
For the Stars and Stripes, a victory in the Aztec capital would represent something historic that, if achieved, could cost Argentine coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino his job, since last year he lost three matches against the United States in less than a six-month period.
It is clear that Mexico is no longer the “Concacaf Giant” and that the 50,000 fans that will attend the Azteca Stadium could be their own detractors.
The possibility of the United States getting a good result is great, but it will depend on the approach they take and the players who can cover for the injury absences of Brenden Aaronson, Matt Turner, Sergio Dest, Chris Richard and Weston McKennie, all key players.
For the direct pass
“This is the time for us to win at the Azteca, away. It’s a place I know well, which is very complicated to play in for various reasons. The fans in Mexico are incredible, it is difficult to play against a team like that , but we are motivated thinking about how to win,” said winger Paul Arriola.
It should be noted that if a US win is combined with a Panama loss to Honduras, and Costa Rica does not beat Canada, then the US team will have mathematically qualified for the World Cup to be played from November 21 to December 18 in Arabian territory .