U.S. vs. Mexico

Mexico has advantage in qualifier against U.S.

August 11, 2009
MEXICO CITY -- Almost everything seems to favor Mexico in Wednesday's critical World Cup qualifier against the United States.

The altitude of 7,400 feet always leaves visiting teams gasping for air, particularly in the second half. Then there's the 105,000-seat Estadio Azteca, a caldron of searing noise that makes it one of the world's most intimidating venues. Now add in Mexico's dominating record against the U.S., the air pollution and the afternoon start.

"We have to take ...

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