Mexico looks to protect Azteca fortress vs. USA in World Cup qualifier

Mexico has cruised through the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal thus far, and it can make another big statement Sunday night against its hated rival.

El Tri welcomes the U.S. men’s national team to the vaunted Estadio Azteca for the second and final meeting in the Hex (8:30 p.m. ET; FS1, Univision), looking to complete the sweep after a curse-breaking win in Columbus in November. The USA has won just once all-time at Azteca (1-8-2), in a 2012 friendly, though it did secure a 0-0 draw in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

The Americans will be hoping for more good fortune at Azteca leaning on 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, whose two goals lead the U.S. to a 2-0 win over Trinidad Tobago on Thursday. One of the more experienced Americans, Clint Dempsey, could make history Sunday, as he enters the match a goal shy of Landon Donovan’s all-time USMNT record (57). Matching (or passing) the mark could make for a rare success in Mexico City for the Americans, who have steadied their World Cup qualifying quest with seven points in the last three matches. 

Mexico, meanwhile, is well on its way to Russia with a 4-0-1 mark and 13 points halfway through the Hex, and can take another big step while thwarting its border enemy on home soil.

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