Mexico–United States soccer rivalry

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Mexico–United States soccer rivalry
LocaleNorth America (CONCACAF)
TeamsMexico Mexico
United States United States
First meeting24 May 1934
Stadio Nazionale
Rome, Italy
(MEX 2–4 USA)
Latest meeting11 September 2018
Nissan Stadium
Nashville,Tennessee
United States
(USA 1–0 MEX)
Statistics
Meetings total68
Most wins Mexico (34)
All-time series34–15–19 (W–D–L) (Mexico)[1]
Largest victory4 September 1949
(MEX 6–0 USA)

A sports rivalry exists between the national football teams of Mexico and the United States, widely considered the two major powers of CONCACAF. The first match was played in 1934, and the teams have met 67 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 34–15–19 (W–D–L). However, the Americans lead the series 18–12–14 since the beginning of the 1980s.

Matches between the two nations often attract much media attention, public interest and comment in both countries. The U.S.-Mexico matches are widely attended; several matches at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico have drawn over 100,000 fans, and several matches at the Rose Bowl in the United States have drawn over 90,000 fans.

The most important matchups take place in quadrennial FIFA World Cup qualification matches and major tournaments such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The rivalry plays out often in annual friendlies scheduled during the early months in U.S. cities with large Mexican American populations such as Los Angeles, Houston, and Phoenix.

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

The first match between the two sides was a qualifying match in Italy for the final ticket to the 1934 World Cup. Where football was seen as a foreign sport in the United States, in Mexico, like many Latin American nations, it was embraced from the start as part of their culture. The U.S. had established a professional league in 1921, but it had folded in 1933. The final score was United States 4–2 Mexico. Three years later, Mexico began a winning streak over the U.S. in friendlies 7–2, 7–3, and 5–1 in Mexico City.

Recent years[edit]

Prior to 2012, Mexico had never lost to the United States at home and now owns a 23–3–1 (W–D–L) record on their native soil. Mexico has won in the United States ten times, compiling a record of 10–12–15 (W–D-L).

For most of the 20th century, the rivalry between the two nations was not significant due to the superiority of the Mexican team for the majority of that period. This began to change in the 1990s, when a new generation of United States players made the matches seriously competitive for the first time.[2]

Several significant matches in the early 21st century ended in a 2–0 scoreline in favor of the United States, which was nicknamed Dos a Cero by fans. Starting in 2001 during the qualifying cycle for the 2002 World Cup, the U.S. hosted Mexico in Columbus, Ohio at Columbus Crew Stadium, now known as Mapfre Stadium. The first meeting between Mexico and the United States ended in a 2–0 win for the U.S. Following the victory, the U.S. hosted Mexico at Crew Stadium again in 2005, 2009, and 2013 for World Cup Qualifiers (2006, 2010, and 2014 qualifying cycles). Each time these teams met in Columbus, the U.S. has come out with a 2–0 win. Following the 10 September 2013 game the U.S. clinched a World Cup berth following a Panama-Honduras 2–2 draw. Their meeting in the round of 16 of the 2002 World Cup also ended in a U.S. win by the same score.[3] In addition, the U.S. has won three friendlies against Mexico by that score since 2000—in Los Angeles in 2000, the Phoenix area in 2007, and San Antonio in 2015.[4]

On 11 November 2016, Mexico was finally able to win a Hexagonal World Cup qualifier in Columbus after beating the U.S. 1-2 with a late Rafael Marquez header. A favourable result for Mexico over the U.S. in World Cup qualifying had not been obtained on U.S. soil since 1972. This would become a major factor in the U.S. failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as they would fail to make the final tournament for the first time in 32 years.

Results[edit]

Summary[edit]

On a macro level, Mexico leads the series 34–15–19, with almost double the goals of the U.S. (139–80).

On neutral territory, the United States leads the series 3–1. In addition, the lone World Cup match between the two countries, a Round of 16 meeting at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea, resulted in a 2–0 victory for the United States.

Years Matches For Mexico Draw For USA Goals
All Time 68 34 15 19 Mexico 139–80 United States
1930s–1940s 7 6 0 1 Mexico 38–12 United States
1950s–1960s 8 6 2 0 Mexico 30–8 United States
1970s–1980s 12 10 1 1 Mexico 27–7 United States
1990s 14 5 6 3 Mexico 17–15 United States
2000s 16 4 2 10 Mexico 13–23 United States
2010s 11 3 4 4 Mexico 13–15 United States
Main Championship Titles Mexico United States
FIFA Confederations Cup
1
0
CONCACAF Gold Cup
7
6
CONCACAF Cup
1
0
CONCACAF Championship*
3
0

*no longer played

Gold Cup finals[edit]

The United States and Mexico have met in five Gold Cup finals to date, with Mexico holding a four games to one lead over the United States.

CONCACAF Gold Cup finals
Tournament Host Winner Final Score Runner-up
1993  Mexico
Mexico
4–0
United States
1998  United States
Mexico
1–0
United States
2007  United States
United States
2–1
Mexico
2009  United States
Mexico
5–0
United States
2011  United States
Mexico
4–2
United States

List of matches[edit]

Date Location Competition Result Attendance Series (W-D-L)
May 24, 1934 Italy Stadio Nazionale, Rome, Italy 1934 FIFA World Cup Qualifier United States 4–2 10,000 1–0–0 USA
September 12, 1937 Mexico Parque Asturias, Mexico City, D.F. Friendly Mexico 7–2 21,000 1–0–1
September 19, 1937 Mexico Parque Necaxa, Mexico City, D.F. Friendly Mexico 7–3 22,000 2–0–1 MEX
September 26, 1937 Mexico Parque España, Mexico City, D.F. Friendly Mexico 5–1 3–0–1 MEX
July 13, 1947 Cuba Estadio Tropical, Havana, Cuba 1947 NAFC Championship Mexico 5–0 4–0–1 MEX
September 4, 1949 Mexico Estadio de los Deportes, Mexico City, D.F. 1949 NAFC Championship[n 1] Mexico 6–0 60,000 5–0–1 MEX
September 18, 1949 Mexico Estadio de los Deportes, Mexico City, D.F. 1949 NAFC Championship[n 1] Mexico 6–2 54,500 6–0–1 MEX
January 10, 1954 Mexico Estadio de los Deportes, Mexico City, D.F. 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 4–0 60,000 7–0–1 MEX
January 14, 1954 Mexico Estadio de los Deportes, Mexico City, D.F. 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 3–1 40,000 8–0–1 MEX
April 7, 1957 Mexico Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City, D.F. 1958 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 6–0 75,000 9–0–1 MEX
April 28, 1957 United States Veterans Memorial Stadium, Long Beach, California 1958 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 7–2 12,500 10–0–1 MEX
November 6, 1960 United States Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifier 3–3 8,000 10–1–1 MEX
November 13, 1960 Mexico Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City, D.F. 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 3–0 80,000 11–1–1 MEX
March 7, 1965 United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California 1966 FIFA World Cup qualifier 2–2 19,337 11–2–1 MEX
March 12, 1965 Mexico Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City, D.F. 1966 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 2–0 64,285 12–2–1 MEX
September 3, 1972 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 3–1 29,891 13–2–1 MEX
September 10, 1972 United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 2–1 9,620 14–2–1 MEX
October 16, 1973 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. Friendly Mexico 2–0 14,000 15–2–1 MEX
September 5, 1974 Mexico Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León Friendly Mexico 3–1 25,000 16–2–1 MEX
September 8, 1974 United States Cotton Bowl, Dallas Friendly Mexico 1–0 22,164 17–2–1 MEX
August 24, 1975 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. Friendly Mexico 2–0 18–2–1 MEX
October 3, 1976 United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifier 0–0 31,171 18–3–1 MEX
October 15, 1976 Mexico Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, Puebla 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 3–0 35,000 19–3–1 MEX
September 27, 1977 Mexico Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León Friendly Mexico 3–0 20,000 20–3–1 MEX
November 9, 1980 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 5–1 90,000 21–3–1 MEX
November 23, 1980 United States Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier United States 2–1 2,126 21–3–2 MEX
October 17, 1984 Mexico Estadio Neza 86, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México Friendly Mexico 2–1 22–3–2 MEX
March 12, 1991 United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California 1991 North American Nations Cup 2–2 22–4–2 MEX
July 5, 1991 United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California 1991 Gold Cup semifinal United States 2–0 41,103 22–4–3 MEX
July 25, 1993 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup final Mexico 4–0 120,000 23–4–3 MEX
October 13, 1993 United States RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. Friendly 1–1 23,927 23–5–3 MEX
June 4, 1994 United States Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California Friendly United States 1–0 91,123 23–5–4 MEX
June 18, 1995 United States RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 1995 U.S. Cup United States 4–0 38,615 23–5–5 MEX
July 17, 1995 Uruguay Estadio Parque Artigas, Paysandú, Uruguay 1995 Copa América Quarterfinal United States 0–0 (4–1) PK 15,000 23–6–5 MEX[a]
June 16, 1996 United States Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California 1996 U.S. Cup 2–2 92,216 23–7–5 MEX
January 19, 1997 United States Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California 1997 U.S. Cup Mexico 2–0 31,725 24–7–5 MEX
April 20, 1997 United States Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier 2–2 57,877 24–8–5 MEX
November 2, 1997 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier 0–0 115,000 24–9–5 MEX
February 15, 1998 United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup final Mexico 1–0 91,255 25–9–5 MEX
March 13, 1999 United States Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 1999 U.S. Cup Mexico 2–1 50,234 26–9–5 MEX
August 1, 1999 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 1999 Confederations Cup semifinal Mexico 1–0 aet (0–0) 65,000 27–9–5 MEX
June 11, 2000 United States Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 2000 U.S. Cup United States 3–0 45,008 27–9–6 MEX
October 25, 2000 United States Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California Friendly United States 2–0 61,072 27–9–7 MEX
February 28, 2001 United States Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier United States 2–0 24,329 27–9–8 MEX
July 1, 2001 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 1–0 110,000 28–9–8 MEX
April 3, 2002 United States Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver Friendly United States 1–0 48,476 28–9–9 MEX
June 17, 2002 South Korea Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju, South Korea 2002 FIFA World Cup Round Of 16 United States 2–0 36,380 28–9–10 MEX
May 8, 2003 United States Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas Friendly 0–0 69,582 28–10–10 MEX
April 28, 2004 United States Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas Friendly United States 1–0 45,048 28–10–11 MEX
March 27, 2005 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 2–1 110,000 29–10–11 MEX
September 3, 2005 United States Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier United States 2–0 24,685 29–10–12 MEX
February 7, 2007 United States University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona Friendly United States 2–0 62,462 29–10–13 MEX
June 24, 2007 United States Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final United States 2–1 60,000 29–10–14 MEX
February 6, 2008 United States Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas Friendly 2–2 70,103 29–11–14 MEX
February 11, 2009 United States Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier United States 2–0 23,776 29–11–15 MEX
July 26, 2009 United States Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final Mexico 5–0 79,156 30–11–15 MEX
August 12, 2009 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 2–1 110,000 31–11–15 MEX
June 25, 2011 United States Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final Mexico 4–2 93,420 32–11–15 MEX
August 10, 2011 United States Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia Friendly 1–1 30,138 32–12–15 MEX
August 15, 2012 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. Friendly United States 1–0 56,000 32–12–16 MEX
March 26, 2013 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier 0–0 85,500 32–13–16 MEX
September 10, 2013 United States Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier United States 2–0 24,584 32–13–17 MEX
April 2, 2014 United States University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona Friendly 2–2 59,066 32–14–17 MEX
April 15, 2015 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Friendly United States 2–0 64,369 32–14–18 MEX
October 10, 2015 United States Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California 2015 CONCACAF Cup Mexico 3–2 93,420 33–14–18 MEX
November 11, 2016 United States MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier Mexico 2–1 24,650 34–14–18 MEX
June 11, 2017 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, D.F. 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier 1–1 71,537 34–15–18 MEX
September 11, 2018 United States Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee Friendly United States 1–0 40,194 34–15–19 MEX

Player eligibility[edit]

The United States and Mexico also compete to convince players who are eligible to play for both the United States and Mexico (e.g., a player who was born in the United States to Mexican parents) to play for their particular national team. To date, only two players, Martín Vásquez and Edgar Castillo have played for both nations. Castillo, who was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, debuted with the Mexican side in August 2007 for a match that was part of the 2008 CONCACAF Men Pre-Olympic Tournament. Castillo played his first game for the United States, a friendly against Denmark in 2009.

Other cases include William Yarbrough, Isaác Brizuela, Miguel Ponce and more recently with Jonathan González.

  • William Yarbrough - born March 20, 1989 in Aguascalientes, Mexico to American parents, has an extensive career with Liga MX club León. Yarbrough did participate with a Mexico U20 squad in 2007 but did not obtain any playing minutes. In March 2015 he appears for the US team in a friendly against Denmark.
  • Isaác Brizuela - born August 28, 1990 in San Jose, California to Mexican parents. Brizuela has made an entire career with Liga MX clubs Toluca, Atlas and Chivas Guadalajara. He was part of the Mexican delegation that obtained the gold medal in the 2011 Pan American Games. He makes his full appearance with Mexico in 2013.
  • Miguel Ponce - born April 12, 1989 in Sacramento holds an extensive career with Liga MX clubs Chivas Guadalajara, Toluca and Necaxa. Ponce was part of the Mexico squads that took part in the 2011 Copa América, obtained gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 Olympic Games. Makes his full appearance scoring one goal at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Jonathan González - born April 13, 1999 in Santa Rosa to Mexican parents. A product of the US national team youth program, González was part of the USA U20 squad that won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. In 2014 he enters Liga MX club Monterrey’s juvenile program and is eventually promoted to the senior squad in July 2017. In December 2017 González publicly states his wish to represent Mexico on the official scale. In January 2018 FIFA grants his request and makes his full appearance with Mexico on January 31 in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. González has also been involved in Mexico’s youth squad projects such as the 2018 Toulon Tournament in which Mexico’s U20 ended as runner-ups of the tournament.

Incidents[edit]

Prior to an Olympic qualifying game in Guadalajara, Mexico, on February 10, 2004, Mexican media reported that U.S. player Landon Donovan urinated on the field during practice, which angered Mexican fans and media outlets.[5] Subsequent video showed Donovan actually urinated near some bushes outside the practice areas. Two days later, on February 12, 2004, Mexico defeated the U.S. 4–0, and the crowd was heard chanting "Osama, Osama, Osama", in reference to Osama bin Laden and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[6]

In a friendly held in Glendale, Arizona on February 7, 2007, Landon Donovan scored in injury time to give the U.S. a 2–0 lead and win over Mexico. After the goal, Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sánchez tried to trip U.S. player Eddie Johnson as Johnson was running to celebrate the goal. No contact was made, and no reprimand resulted.[7]

On February 11, 2009, the first qualifier for the 2010 World Cup was held in Columbus Crew Stadium, and resulted in a 2–0 victory for the U.S. against Mexico. After the game, as both teams headed through the tunnels to the locker room, Mexican assistant coach Francisco "Paco" Javier Ramírez slapped Frankie Hejduk in the face.[8] Hejduk did not retaliate, and Ramirez was not reprimanded.

Women's football[edit]

The rivalry is less hostile in women's football but still important. Most games have been played on U.S. soil. However, games have been played between both teams in Mexico as well; including one at Estadio Azteca in 1999 which ended 0–0. Another was played during the 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship at Puebla, Mexico, where the U.S. U-20 defeated the Mexico U-20 3–0. The Mexican women's team has only defeated the U.S. once, at the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup semifinal, where they won 2–1. This win got the Mexican women to their second Women's World Cup. Mexico also defeated the U.S. at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil, where Mexico won 3–2 after being down 2 goals, though this match is not considered official by both associations and FIFA due to the U.S. fielding their U20 team in that tournament as opposed to their senior team.

On January 28, 2018 for the first time in women’s official competitions of any category a Mexican U-20 squad had finally defeated the US. Mexico’s U-20 side won the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship after having ended in a 1-1 draw in the full 90 minutes. Mexico went on to defeat the US 4-2 in penalty shoot.

In popular culture[edit]

A 2012 documentary, Gringos at the Gate / Ahi Vienen Los Gringos, written and directed by Pablo Miralles, Roberto Donati, and Michael Whalen,[9] focuses on the cultural differences between the United States and Mexico when it comes to football. This includes the conflict of Mexican-American players in the U.S. while their family might support Mexico.[10]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Matches that go to penalty shootouts are always counted as ties by FIFA, regardless of which team won.
  1. ^ a b Matches were also qualifiers for the 1950 World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Compare Teams". FIFA.com. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. ^ Krauze, León (12 September 2018). "The Beautiful, Ugly Game". Slate. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ Manfred, Tony (10 September 2013). "DOS A CERO: USA Beats Mexico 2–0 Again, Qualifies For The 2014 World Cup". Business Insider. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Legend of "Dos A Cero" lives on: Here's the full list of 2-0 wins by the US national team over Mexico". Major League Soccer. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  5. ^ "EU – México | Donovan orinó la cancha del Jalisco". Es.rec.deportes.futbol.narkive.com. February 11, 2004. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (February 12, 2004). "USATODAY.com – Notebook: Mexicans' behavior part of the game". Usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "USA v Mexico 2/7/07". YouTube. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Frankie Hejduk Gets Slapped By a Mexican Coach". Bleacher Report. February 13, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  9. ^ "Gringos at the Gate (2012)". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  10. ^ [1] Archived November 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine

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