by Carlos D. Mojica () | Photo by Jorge O. Martínez
Although U.S. – Mexico matches happen rather frequently given the dominance of the two teams in the CONCACAF region, there is something special about their World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ) encounters in Columbus. As most American fans know, the U.S. is undefeated against Mexico in all four WCQ matches that have taken place in Columbus.
To add to the folklore, every match has finished 2-0, thus creating the now famous (or infamous if you’re a Mexico supporter) moniker of Dos a Cero. But, while the scenario might be the same, a few things have changed since the last time the two squared off. Here are some of those differences:
1. There is less at stake. While facing Mexico always provides enough of an incentive for American players come game time, last time around Klinsmann’s squad had the chance to secure a berth to the World Cup by defeating Mexico. But unlike that match, Friday’s game is part of the first set of CONCACAF’s Hexagonal matches, meaning that should the U.S. drop any points there is plenty of time to make those up.
2. Landon Donovan is no longer in the USMNT picture. It’s safe to say that despite his recent decision to come out of retirement, Donovan’s prospects of being called up the national team any time soon are slim to none. With that said, this will be the first time that Donovan is not even on the bench for a WCQ match against Mexico.