Gerardo Torrado of Mexico (left) and the USA's Michael Bradley battle for a ball during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO -- The United States and Mexico will square off for the sixth time in less than three years, when they meet on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, it was announced Thursday.
After losing three straight matches to the Mexicans, including two CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, the Americans are unbeaten in the last four contests between the rivals.
“We are going to be watching our players very carefully before making final decisions on the roster for the World Cup, so this will be a great benchmark to see where they are at and how they compete against our biggest rivals,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Games against Mexico are always special for the players and for the fans. We expect that it will be an amazing atmosphere in Phoenix with supporters for both teams, and it’s great to have an opportunity to play before the start of the World Cup. You couldn’t ask for a better experience to help with our preparations.”
In their last encounter on September 10, 2013, the U.S. defeated Mexico, 2-0, in Columbus, Ohio, to secure advancement to the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the seventh consecutive time.
The University of Phoenix Stadium has been a superb venue for the current Gold Cup champion, having hosted two shutout victories at the venue. A crowd of 62,424 witnessed the U.S. post a 2-0 victory over Mexico on February 7, 2007. That was the Americans’ eighth-consecutive clean sheet against the Tricolor on home soil. Six years later, they defeated Venezuela, 1-0.