Usa Roll As Mexico Face Azteca Stress

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Join FIFA.com for a preview of Fridays crucial matchday seven in the New World. The big game Mexico – Honduras A home game at the Azteca is normally cause for cockiness in the Mexican camp. But this is no normal qualifying campaign. While a recent friendly win over Cote d’Ivoire is cause for cautious optimism, home fans in Mexico City have yet to see their side produce anything approaching their best football in the qualifying Hexagonal. El Tri are third in the six-team field, with just eight points from six games. An even more troubling statistic is the fact that these Mexicans, FIFA World Cup participants on 14 occasions, have picked up only three points from three draws at the Azteca, a ground where they are historically dominant. Despite star names in the side like Gio Dos Santos, Jesus Corona, Chicharito Hernandez and Andres Guardado, Mexico will take to the Azteca pitch with doubts radiating from the stands. Its make-or-break time for coach Jose Manuel Chepo de la Torre. And Honduras , who are just one point behind their hosts in fourth, are desperate to take advantage of the slightly poisoned atmosphere and join USA , Costa Rica and Jamaica in taking points off Mexico at the Azteca. Although Luis Fernando Suarezs Hondurans, who are looking to qualify for their second straight FIFA World Cup finals, have yet to pick up a point on the road in “The Hex”, confidence is justifiably high. Oscar Boniek Garcia of MLS side Houston Dynamo causes headaches up the flank and could well tip the balance for theCatrachos.

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It took a while for our results to show that progress and in the last five weeks you’ve seen a couple of wins and a draw last game that could very easily have been a win so we’re settling into the system and guys are playing with a little more confidence, said goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Chivas USA have allowed 10 goals from deadball situations, tied for second-most in MLS with Portland (LA Galaxy lead with 11). Chivas has allowed five goals from free kicks. I think we can do better by not fouling and we can do better marking on our set pieces. So we’ll be disappointed in that for sure, but with that being said we stuck around and we did give ourselves a chance to tie and get out of here with something, said Kennedy. Tough week for us in terms of games and road trip. The important thing is we came out of this pretty healthy and we’ll go back to the StubHub Center with a good game on Sunday and feeling pretty decent about this road trip. Matthew Fondy made his MLS and Chivas USA debut, coming on for the final half-hour in a wide midfield spot. He’s excellent. He’s a new player, he’s young. He did very well. He’s a very good player, said Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Real.

USA roll as Mexico face Azteca stress

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Chivas USA vs. DC United | MLS Match Preview

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( wiki bio ). U.S. record in Costa Rica: 0-7-2, 6 goals for, 17 against. Every match was a World Cup qualifier, except a 0-0 friendly draw in 1992. Just a bit of coverage in the Costa Rican media. Tonights other matches: Honduras (7 points) at Mexico (8 points), 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPNews, UniMas, WatchESPN, www.univisiondeportes.com) Jamaica (2 points) at Panama (6 points), 10 p.m. (Centro America TV: DirecTV 428, DISH Network 832) United States leads the group with 13 points, followed by Costa Rica with 11.Could the Americans clinch a World Cup berth tonight? Yes. But it would take three outcomes to fall their way . I will update this page with any news or notes throughout the day and, if the Internet gods are on our side, post the lineups when they are available about an hour before kickoff. USA: Howard; Orozco, Gonzalez, Besler; Beasley; Bradley, Jones; Zusi, Donovan, F.