Wednesday is typically a pretty slow day in the world of soccer but tomorrow (or Wednesday, August 12th for those of you not paying attention...) isn't any ordinary Wednesday.
That's because tomorrow is when the next slate of World Cup Qualification matches are going down and there are some big matches, most notably the U.S. vs. Mexico clash (3 p.m. on mun2/Telemundo) in Mexico City.
Mexico and the U.S. last saw each other on July 26th in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico dominated the U.S. in that game, routing the Americans by a score of 5-0.
Don't expect a blowout this time around though, as the American team being sent to Mexico is a much stronger one than the team that got thrashed by five. In fact, only three American players on the roster for the Gold Cup Final were called in to camp ahead of tomorrow's qualifier - a much smaller number than the 12 players Mexico recalled from the Gold Cup squad.
The U.S. - who has never won in Mexico - has earned 10 points through 5 of 10 games of the final stage of qualification, good enough to put them in second place - and give them a little security heading into tomorrow's match at Estadio Azteca.
This security is a stark contrast as to what Mexico must be feeling as they - currently in 4th place with 6 points - need a result to ensure that they don't fall into extreme danger of not getting 1 of the 3 automatic qualification spots that CONCACAF receives.
But enough with all this background info. It's time to get to...
**The Prediction -**
If there ever was a time to pick the U.S. beating Mexico in Mexico it would be right now. The U.S. (well the U.S. A-team at least...) has looked strong all summer (remember the Confederations Cup?) and Mexico is having a very rough go of it in qualification.
But one key thing to remember: the game is at Azteca. And Mexico does not lose at Azteca.
So I'm going to say that Mexico comes out on top in this one by a score of 2-1. The game will be close for the whole 90 minutes and the Americans will come close to getting a result in Mexico City but it won't be enough. I'll say Landon Donovan scores for the Americans while Gio Dos Santos and (hell, why not?) Cuauhtemoc Blanco score for 'El Tri.'
Let's hear your predictions for this one and see if you can come closer than me to the final score. Adam25's prediction came closest to the final result for the Fire - Houston game so you'll be playing to knock him off the pedestal that is being mentioned in a Fire Confidential post...