FOLLOW LIVE: USMNT heavy on defenders versus Mexico in WCQ

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Nevermind a fifth-straight Dos a Cero in Columbus, the United States men’s national team hits the MAPFRE Stadium pitch just hoping for a result against visiting Mexico at 7:45 p.m. EDT Friday.


El Tri is the opponent for the first match of the Hex, the final round of World Cup qualifying for CONCACAF. The Yanks have defeated Mexico 2-0 in four-straight home World Cup qualifiers but Mexico clobbered the U.S. in the CONCACAF Cup, the most recent meaningful match between the two sides.

The U.S. is without Geoff Cameron in addition to Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes, who have long been out.

Jurgen Klinsmann looks set to either go three at the back with Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson on the wings, or to use Johnson higher-up with Chandler, John Brooks, Omar Gonzalez, and Matt Besler in a flat back four.

Perhaps the extra D will help, as Mexico looks set to use a lineup built for attack.

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USMNT: Howard; Besler, Brooks, Gonzalez, Chandler, Jones, Bradley, Johnson, Pulisic, Wood, Altidore.

Subs: Guzan, Yarbrough, Yedlin, Gordon, Johannsson, Bedoya, Orozco, Birnbaum, Kljestan, Green, Zusi, Gooch.

Mexico: Talavera, Reyes, Marquez, Moreno, Layun, Guardado, Herrera, G. Dos Santos, J. Corona, Vela, Hernandez.