FOOTBALL Preview: Young U.S. squad meets Mexico for 70th time, in New Jersey friendly

U.S. striker Josh Sargent

The latest installment of the U.S.-Mexico series takes place on Friday (6th) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, and shown on FS1 and Univision.

The U.S. hasn’t played since a 1-0 loss to Mexico in the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup back in July. The squad for Friday includes veterans like keeper Brad Guzan, defender John Brooks and strikers Jordan Morris, Gyasi Zardes and Christian Pulisic. But the majority are players with modest national-team experience, including defenders Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman, midfielders Sebastian Lletget, Wes McKinnie and Wil Trapp and forwards Corey Baird and Josh Sargent.

Mexico has plenty of familiar faces on its roster, starting with Memo Ochoa in goal, defender Hector Moreno, midfielders Jonathan dos Santos and Andres Guardado and strikers Javier Hernandez and Raul Jimenez.

Dos Santos scored the lone goal in the Gold Cup final.

This is the 70th meeting between the U.S. and Mexico, going back to 1934. Mexico leads the all-time series by 35-19-15, but the U.S. has a 14-8-6 record since 2000. The American squad under Gregg Berhalter has an 8-3-1 mark so far in 2019.

The U.S. has another friendly coming up quickly, vs. Uruguay on 10 September in St. Louis, then will start CONCACAF Nations League play on 11 October.

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