Aug 15, 2012

USA-Mexico Set to battle at Azteca

The U.S. Men are winless when playing Mexico at Stadium Azteca (0-8-1) and Mexico is fresh off a Gold Medal win at the 2012 London Olympics. No need to create drama in this latest so called "friendly" between two sides that rarely if ever play a match under that matches that definition. The Americans will also be missing some regular roster members due to the schedule of the game in Mexico conflicting with the start of many international leagues.

U.S. midfielder MAURICE EDU
On taking stock of the atmosphere provided by Estadio Azteca:
"We're all aware of that. It's part and parcel of this fixture and it's something we get excited for. It's going to be a crazy environment. It's one of the biggest games for us and we use that as our own personal motivation. If we get a win here, it's a big deal for us and that's what we're all looking to do on Wednesday night." 

U.S. midfielder DaMARCUS BEASLEY
On what it would mean to beat Mexico on Wednesday:
"It would be amazing if I could be a part of that. Just being around the guys again is great for me. To beat them and being the first team to ever do it would be pretty special. Hopefully we can do that Wednesday and get a good result." 

U.S. goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
On the gap between the success of Mexico and the U.S.:
"It depends who you ask. I think ourselves and Mexico are always very close. Depending on six months or one year, either team can go ahead. Because both teams are so talented, it doesn't take much to shift the balance. That's why we play these games and it's important to not only win the head-to-head competition but also when it comes to qualifying to finish first because they're going to want to finish first. Those things are important to say who the best is. When you have two great teams, everyone is going to have an opinion on who is better."
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