The United States men’s national team heads south to take on Mexico on Thursday night in the World Cup qualifiers, with a win putting either team on course to qualify for Qatar . The Americans face huge injury problems and their depth will be tested in front of a high-energy El Tri fan base. The United States have never won in Mexico in World Cup qualifiers, but an upset victory here would put the team within reach of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Here are the scenarios, how you can watch the game and more:
How to watch and odds
Dated: Thursday March 24 | Time: 10 p.m. ET
Location: Estadio Azteca — Mexico City, Mexico
TV: CBS Sports Network | Direct: Paramount+.
Odds: Mexico -105; Draw +210; US +305 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Mexico: No Luis Rodriguez, Carlos Salcedo, Miguel Layun or Diego Reyes in defense means some youngsters will get chances, but the staples of Nestor Araujo, Hector Moreno and Jesus Gallardo are there. Young and talented Johan Vasquez (Genoa) and Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy) are also part of the squad and could potentially play roles off the bench. But, we expect a team led by veterans all over the pitch, with Hector Herrera in the middle. In attack, expect Raul Jimenez to be flanked by Jesus Corona and Hirving Lozano and this side aim to dominate possession and be ultra patient in attack to limit the counter.
United States: Among the players missing are star goalkeeper Matt Turner, Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest, Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, winger Brenden Aaronson and striker Daryl Dike. Berhalter must find options to replace them. For Turner, Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen should return to the starting role, having played well against El Tri in the 2-0 win in November. Not having Dest opens up a chance for Reggie Cannon or DeAndre Yedlin, one might think. But the big question is when it comes to McKennie. Does Gregg Berhalter put Yunus Musah in the box-to-box role next to Tyler Adams? Musah’s defense has improved but he is still a significant downgrade on this side of the ball. This would allow Luca de la Torre to be the designer alongside them. Or does Kellyn Acosta start next to Adams and then make Musah the engine in the middle to launch the attack? His team selection will be indicative of how they approach this game.
El Tri comes out hot, controls the pace and scores a goal in both halves to take all three points to start a decisive qualifying window. Take: Mexico 2, United States 0