The United States will face arch-rivals Mexico away from home
in the third game of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup
After the six countries involved in the 'hexagonal round'
were unable to agree on the schedule of games, CONCACAF held
a draw for the fixtures and the highly anticipated clash
between the region's two powerhouses, almost certainly to be
held at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, will be played on
The U.S beat Mexico at the Azteca for the first time in a
friendly match in August, having failed in the previous 24
U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann, however, said he knew it would
be a very different occasion in front of a packed and
passionate crowd, expected to be close to 100,000.
"A World Cup qualifier is always different to a friendly
game, there is no doubt about that but it was a good feeling
to win for the first ever time at Azteca," he told reporters.
"So we go there with all the respect for Mexico, a very good
team, but we have a good team as well and we want to go there
and get at least one point, if not all three."
The U.S. will host Mexico on Sept. 10 at a venue to be
decided in the eighth round of fixtures to determine the
three teams that will qualify automatically for the World Cup
finals in Brazil in 2014.
Jamaica, Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica are also battling
for their ticket to Rio and the fourth placed team in the
round-robin qualifying process will face the winner of the
Oceania qualifiers in a two-legged playoff for a spot in
Mexico, who are the favourites to top qualifying for the
North and Central America and Caribbean region, start their
campaign at home to Jamaica on Feb. 6 while the U.S. play
"Usually you would like to have your first game at home but
if you don't get that you make the best of it and we are
looking forward to going to Honduras," said Klinsmann.
"Its an exciting group with very good teams and it will go
down right to the last games to decide who is going to the