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Christian Pulisic - The United States Will Beat Mexico

Arena changes 7 US starters vs Mexico, wary of altitude Christian Pulisic - The United States Will Beat Mexico
Theresa Hayes | 12 June, 2017, 07:02

Christian Pulisic raised a ruckus Thursday when he said the US men's national team would defeat Mexico at the Azteca, but Bruce Arena has no problem with his young star's display of confidence.

All of this combined with a supremely talented Mexican team explains why the U.S. has never won a competitive match at the Azteca. A win over the Americans would qualify them for the 2018 World Cup, and make them the first team in CONCACAF to achieve that.

Mexico are one of just six countries to have qualified to every World Cup finals since 1994 and it is clear that the impressive trend is going to continue in Russian Federation. The U.S. will face Mexico Sunday in a 2018 R. Against the Mexican national team, it's hard to see the USA winning without good performances from the forwards.

He scored both goals in the 2-0 victory and made a claim that surprised many longtime American soccer fans: that the USA will beat Mexico this Sunday at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

"When these guys are bearing down on you Donald Trump is the last thing on your mind", Howard said.

El Tri beat the USA in the first match of the Hex, breaking their Columbus curse with a 2-1 win over the Americans in OH back in November.

It is Mexico's fourth consecutive victory and the match cements its top spot on 13 points.

"I think we have the greatest respect for Mexico, its people, its football team", USA coach Bruce Arena said. Giovani dos Santos, Raul Jimenez and Jesus "Tecatito" Corona seem like they have strong chance to start. I've experienced on a daily basis people of Mexican heritage. They're wonderful people, they contribute greatly to our society in many ways.

"I think I would like our players to believe that that they can win", Arena said in a pre-match press conference. And if you were to look at the Hexagonal table for 2018 Russian Federation, you'd see much of the same: Mexico undefeated at the top, with the U.S. recovering from a couple of bad losses to assert dominance and climb back up the table to its rightful top 2 spot, Costa Rica be damned.

Mexico is cruising through World Cup qualifying.

Panama hosts Honduras on Tuesday, when Costa Rica is home against T&T. Mexico should be able to pull off the victory, having already beat the Americans away from home in this hexagonal qualifying phase.

Despite dominating possession and shots on goal, Mexico only took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room.

United States head coach Bruce Arena hinted after Thursday's win that there would be some lineup changes coming on Sunday as the usa deal with the quick turnaround and the elevation, smog and intimidating atmosphere of the Azteca. 6-16-6 in World Cup Qualifying.

A hostile crowd, smog and sometimes heat help create among soccer's bigger homefield advantages at Azteca, which has been reduced from 120,000 capacity to 87,000 during several renovations. Bruce Arena hinted on Sunday morning that he could make as many as seven changes to his lineup. We feel good about the 10 days of preparation.

"We know the conditions will be tough", right back DeAndre Yedlin said. "Before then, it was what if?" The Americans have bounced back from that false start, and Thursday's win over Trinidad and Tobago put the team in third place.

Mexico's second came in the 63rd minute when Hector Herrera played a ideal ball to Hirving Lozano over the top of the Honduras defense, which the Pachuca winger then collected and dribbled around Escober to finish into an empty net. Pulisic has been a part of 12 goals (seven goals, five assists) in 15 worldwide appearances. A draw could be considered a great result because, right now, El Tri's best attacking options are full of confidence, and also, it's looking like Mexico has all the ingredients to win all of its home games in this Hexagonal.

Mexico were without key trio Andres Guardado, Miguel Layun and Rafael Marquez for the clash due to injuries. Defender Carlos Salcedo is available after injuring a leg and coming out of Thursday's match. Aside from being a cavernous stadium that holds 87,000 screaming Mexicans bent on making the USMNT's life a living hell for 90 minutes, the Azteca sits at 7,200 feet above sea level.

"You kind of need to overwork in warmup, just kind of get your wind going, getting your lungs used to it", Acosta said.

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