Lineup Notes: USA Takes on Mexico at Estadio Azteca in World Cup Qualifying
Mexico vs. USA
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
June 11, 2017
Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Live Broadcast: 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision and UDN (Pre-game coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET)
Today’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Mexico: 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Bobby Wood, 10-Christian Pulisic, 11-Paul Arriola, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Tim Ream, 16-Kellyn Acosta, 20-Geoff Cameron
Substitutes: 1-Tim Howard, 22-Nick Rimando, 5-Matt Besler, 6-John Brooks, 8-Clint Dempsey, 13-Dax McCarty, 15-Darlington Nagbe, 17-Jozy Altidore, 18-Jordan Morris, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Matt Hedges, 23-Fabian Johnson
- U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena has made seven changes to the lineup that faced Trinidad Tobago with Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Christian Pulisic and DeAndre Yedlin as the only holdovers.
- With the start, DaMarcus Beasley earns his 34th World Cup Qualifying appearance and becomes the first U.S. player to appear in qualifiers for five different FIFA World Cups. The Fort Wayne, Ind., product earned his first WCQ appearance in the final game of qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup (Nov. 11, 2001 at Trinidad Tobago).
- Beasley’s 34 World Cup Qualifying appearances broken down by cycle: 2002 (1), 2006 (13), 2010 (12), 2014 (7), 2018 (1).
- Seven players in the starting XI have previously played at Estadio Azteca for either the U.S. MNT, youth national teams or in club play: Paul Arriola, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Christian Pulisic.
- Beasley, Bradley, Cameron, Gonzalez and Guzan all appeared in the USA’s last visit to Azteca, earning points here for only the second time in World Cup Qualifying history with a 0-0 draw on March 26, 2013.
- Arriola has made multiple visits to Azteca with Club Tijuana, as has Gonzalez, most recently coming in Pachuca’s 3-2 Liga MX win against Club América on May 6.
- Pulisic played at Estadio Azteca with the U.S. U-15 Boys National Team during the 2013 Copa Mexico de Naciones.
- Pulisic leads all of CONCACAF with five assists during 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, and has tallied four goals and three assists in his last four international matches.
- Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler, Bradley, John Brooks and Cameron are all on caution watch. Their next yellow card will result in a one-match suspension in World Cup Qualifying.
- Starting XI World Cup Qualifying appearances (including this match): Bradley (35), Beasley (34), Cameron (22), Gonzalez (15), Guzan (14), Wood (10), Pulisic (9), Yedlin (8), Ream (5), Acosta (4), Arriola (3).
- Four players have previously scored against El Trí: Bradley (4), Wood (2), Beasley and Cameron
- Six players took part in the USA’s most recent meeting with Mexico on Nov. 11, 2016: Bradley, Gonzalez, Guzan, Pulisic, Wood and Yedlin.
- Acosta, Arriola and Ream all earn their first caps against Mexico.
- Arriola also earns his first World Cup Qualifying start.
- The U.S. Men’s National Team is 18-34-14 all-time against Mexico and 6-17-6 vs. El Trí in World Cup Qualifying.
- The MNT has a 1-8-2 record in 11 all-time visits to Estadio Azteca and is 0-5-2 in seven World Cup Qualifiers at the historic stadium.
- The U.S. earned its first result not only at Azteca, but in all of Mexico when it played El Trí to a 0-0 draw on Nov. 2, 1997. The United States reproduced that result with another scoreless deadlock in the team’s last visit on March 26, 2013.
- The U.S. used a late goal from Michael Orozco to earn a 1-0 friendly win on Aug. 15, 2012 – the team’s first away win in Mexico.
- During his initial tenure as U.S. MNT head coach, Bruce Arena played a big role in the USA turning the tide against Mexico. Arena of course led the USA to the biggest win in the series with the 2-0 Round of 16 victory at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and has a 7-4-1 all-time record against El Trí, going 2-2-0 in World Cup Qualifying.