Watch Mexico face United States in a World Cup qualifier today in Mexico. Here is how you can live stream the match online with TV channel and time information.
Getting the win, not heightened political tension between the United States and Mexico, is the focus of American players going into Sunday night’s World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.
MATCH: Mexico vs. United States
TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV CHANNEL: Fox Sports 1, Univision Deportes, UniMas
Mexico upset the United States 2-1 at Columbus, Ohio, on the opening day of the final round of qualifying in November and is in position to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972.
Mexico leads the North and Central American and Caribbean region with four wins and a draw at the halfway point and with a victory could pretty much make certain a seventh straight World Cup berth.
“I think we have the greatest respect for Mexico, its people, its football team,” United States coach Bruce Arena said. “I live in Los Angeles. I experience on a daily basis people of Mexican heritage. They’re wonderful people. They contribute greatly to our society in many ways. We think the world of them. I’m ashamed that there’s perhaps some discord on the political side, but believe me, I think most Americans appreciate the Mexicans that have come to America to make a better future for themselves and their families and the way they have contributed.”
Mexico leads the hexagonal with 13 points, followed by Costa Rica (eight), the United States (seven), Panama (six), Honduras (four) and Trinidad and Tobago three. The top three advance to next year’s World Cup in Russia, and the fourth-place team faces Asia’s No. 5 nation in a playoff.
El Tri has outscored opponents 10-0 in the current World Cup cycle and has lost only two qualifiers at Azteca, to Costa Rica in 2001 and Honduras in 2013.
Still, opponents have been able to come away with draws. The United States got points from 0-0 qualifiers in 1997 and 2013, and Mexico also was held to 0-0 ties at home in 2013 by Jamaica and Costa Rica.
The United States was 0-19-1 in Mexico City — getting outscored 81-14 — before a 1-0 exhibition win five years ago.
Howard was in goal for the 2012 win, captaining the United States and making three saves. Michael Orozco scored in the 80th minute for a 1-0 margin, proof for Howard that victory Sunday is possible.
Both teams have little recovery time from qualifiers on Thursday. The United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 at Commerce City, Colorado, on a pair of second-half goals by 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, and Mexico won 3-0 at home against Honduras.
Pulisic has seven goals in 15 international appearances. He boldly predicted Thursday that a win at Azteca was possible.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio says midfielders Jesus Corona and Andres Guardado, and defenders Nestor Araujo, Miguel Layun and Rafael Marquez will miss the game. Defender Carlos Salcedo is available after injuring a leg and coming out of Thursday’s match.
The Associated Press contributed to this report