The Hex is here, and the first day features a doozy between the United States and Mexico. The biggest rivalry in CONCACAF kicks off on Friday, and here are all the details you need to know: From making sure you don't miss a single minute of coverage to being prepared to know the ins and outs of the action.
USA vs. Mexico will kick off at 8:01 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning on FS1 at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the match online or stream it on a mobile or home device using the FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2GO apps, as well as on foxsportsgo.com.
The match reignites a massive rivalry. The two North American giants will square off in Columbus Ohio, the site of many a battle between the two. MAPFRE Stadium will host the action, where a certain scoreline has been mysteriously common.
Dos a Cero
Fans and viewers will hear the chant of “Dos A Cero” before, during — and possibly after — Friday's match. What's a curse for one team has been a chorus for the other. The Americans have beaten El Tri to the tune of 2-0 four consecutive times in Columbus. Furthermore, the history of Dos a Cero even extends beyond Columbus.
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Who will Mexico start?
Juan Carlos Osorio is blessed with a great problem: too many options. How he deploys a squad that is absolutely loaded remains to be seen, and guessing how he'll line up El Tri is a tough exercise. Fortunately, Ryan Rosenblatt has taken a crack at it.
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Who will USA start?
Jurgen Klinsmann faces a similar problem to his counterpart, albeit with less talent at his disposal. The beauty of having two tinkerers go head-to-head is that predicting a lineup is darn near impossible. Near impossible, but not entirely impossible. Here's Caitlin Murray's projection.
Key player for Mexico: Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez
Chicharito is the key cog to the Mexican attack. The striker drew a bit of shade from one USMNT player, but that's what Chicharito is all about. He's clinical, a poacher, a finisher and a darn good striker. Any number of players might line up around him, but if his name isn't on the teamsheet then there's something wrong.
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Key player for USA: Jozy Altidore
Altidore is in stellar form both for Toronto FC and the USMNT. He's able to hold up play and get his teammates involved, as well as take on a defense all by himself. Klinsmann has a lot of options at his disposal as far as his lineup and formations go, but barring the unexpected there's no doubt that Altidore will be in the starting XI.
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