By IVES GALARCEP
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The game of the year for American soccer fans is upon us, and it will carry with it even more importance than usual.
The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Mexico in World Cup Qualifying at Crew Stadium (8pm, ESPN) and the match is a vital one for both rivals. Mexico is in desperation mode after last week’s surprising 2-1 loss to Honduras, while the U.S. enter needing a win to clinch a place in the 2014 World Cup.
The U.S. will be without several starters who are either suspended or injured. Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron are all missing the match, which will put pressure on some new faces to step up.
Mexico enters having just fired head coach Manuel “Chepo” De La Torre, and new boss Luis Fernando Tena will try to revive the spirits of a Mexican side that simply hasn’t produced in the Hexagonal Round of qualifying.
SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (Tonight’s commentary is after the jump):