Though considered an international friendly, tensions always seem to be high whenever the Americans and Mexicans meet up on the pitch. Who are the soccer odds favoring for Wednesday's match in Phoenix.
The USA is listed as close to a +150 favorite, with Mexico at roughly +215 and a draw at +225 on the soccer odds board or so.
There has been a shuffle in terms of management, with Jurgen Klinsmann bringing Berti Vogts on board as a special adviser, with assistant coach Martin Vasquez getting re-assigned to a different role.
It's a risky proposition to make such a change only months before the World Cup, but obviously Klinsmann thought something had to be done. We'll see if Vogts' vast tactical knowledge ends up having a positive effect.
In terms of the American's squad for Wednesday, it features quite a few interesting names.
Though Tim Howard won't be involved, likely starters Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez have been included as defenders. Most of the USA's best attacking players are also in the mix, including Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey. Young Julian Green, who recently announced his decision to play with the Americans rather than Germany, is expected to make his debut on Wednesday.
This will be Klinsmann's last chance to get a look at various players before the World Cup preparations really kick up a notch in late May. This is a huge opportunity for some to show their worth in hopes of making the cut.
Yet again coach Miguel Herrera has gone with a domestic-based squad for this friendly, with all of his players plying their trade in Mexico.
Moises Munoz and Alfredo Talavera are the only two goalkeepers in the squad, while the likes of Rafa Marquez, Paul Aguilar, Juan Carlos Medina and Luis Montes have all been called up. It looks like both Raul Jimenez and Alan Pulido will start.
One notable absentee is Oribe Peralta, who reportedly asked not to be named after an incredibly busy start to his year.
Nonetheless, it's a strong squad and one that will have a lot of unity and team chemistry, considering seven plays are from club side America, with Toluca, Leon and Cruz also well-represented. These guys know each other well.
The last time we saw Mexico in action, they had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Nigeria. They'll be hoping to find the back of the net against their heated rivals here on Wednesday, with a huge crowd expected at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Americans looked really rough against Ukraine in their latest friendly last month, but we expect a much better showing on Wednesday. This is a much strong squad that Klinsmann has named and that alone should give them confidence.
Obviously getting Donovan and Bradley involved is a huge boost for the USA and we expect the pair to boss this game, should they both start.
Of course, it helps that Mexico will be without arguably their two most influential forwards in Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta, both of whom haven't been listed in the squad. The Americans will have more experience defensively than they had against Ukraine, even in spite of the fact DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco weren't allowed to leave the club to take part in this friendly. Anyone, to be fair, is an upgrade over Oguchi Anyewu and John Brooks in that back line.
Still, we're not sold on the Americans winning out right and instead will recommend the draw with our soccer picks.
Soccer Pick: USA 1 Mexico 1