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U.S. vs. Mexico

Ahead of U.S. vs. Mexico, El Tri's use of Marquez and tactics will be key

ESPN FC's One Nacion panel discuss what's at stake for both the United States and Mexico ahead of their CONCACAF Cup playoff match at the Rose Bowl.

There are just two more days until the CONCACAF Cup between the United States and Mexico.

Will Mexico's interim manager Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti follow through with his expectations and win Saturday's match? Or will the Americans once again surprise their opponents and maintain their undefeated streak against El Tri that stretches back to 2011?

With a trip to Russia for the Confederations Cup at stake in Saturday night's game at the Rose Bowl, here are five things to watch for from Mexico:

1. Starting...

Jozy Altidore eager to start for U.S. in must-win playoff vs. Mexico

ESPN FC's Brian McBride and Alexis Nunes look forward to the United States' clash with Mexico as both teams look to sort out some major issues.
ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe shares his projected starting XI for El Tri in the CONCACAF Cup playoff against the United States on Saturday.
The ESPN FC One Nacion panel delve deeper into why finding another manager for Mexico was so difficult.

IRVINE, Calif. -- History tells us there is no correlation between qualifying for a Confederations Cup and having success at the main event, the World Cup, 12 months later. But U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has identified participation in 2017's dress rehearsal as a key part of preparation for Russia 2018, one reason the Americans are bent on beating Mexico in Saturday's high-profile CONCACAF Cup and booking their place in that tournament.

Why does it matter so much?

"The biggest thing is the...

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Poland's Robert Lewandowski ends Scotland's Euro 2016 dream with brace

A brace from red-hot Robert Lewandowski secured a comeback draw for Poland in Glasgow and eliminated Scotland in the process.
Robert Lewandowski's brace pushes his European Championship qualifying goal tally to 12, which leads all scorers.

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Three thoughts on Scotland's 2-2 draw with Poland in the European championship qualifying match at Hampden Park.

1. Scots crash out cruelly

When news of Shane Long's goal for the Republic of Ireland against Germany in Dublin seeped through, Hampden Park fell silent. Next came a false alarm of a Germany equalizer in the match that Ireland won 1-0. It was cruel, but crueller followed.

Poland's Robert Lewandowski scrambling home the last kick of the game meant Scotland's dreams...

 By Kevin Palmer

Republic of Ireland record stunning victory over stuttering Germany

A wonderful strike by Shane Long on the 70th minute was enough for Republic of Ireland to pull off the great win against Germany.

DUBLIN -- Three thoughts on the Republic of Ireland's stunning 1-0 victory Thursday over defending world champions Germany:

1. International football alive in Dublin

There have been only a few fleeting glimpses of excitement in a less-than-inspiring Euro 2016 qualifying story during the past 13 months, but this electrifying night in Dublin was the most scintillating yet.

Shane Long's dramatic winning goal means his nation are now assured of a playoff place next month at the very least, and if they...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Euro 2016 qualifying: How teams can make it to France

Ajax boss Frank de Boer describes the Netherlands' Euro 2016 qualification campaign as the Oranje are in danger of missing out.

With two rounds of games left to go, we look at who is in the running for the 17 places still up for grabs at next summer's Euro 2016 in France.

Qualified: France (as hosts), Austria, England, Czech Republic, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Portugal.

The top two in each group qualify automatically, along with the best third-placed team. The eight other third-placed teams will have a playoff for four places.


Iceland and Czech Republic have already wrapped up the top two. Turkey hold a two-point...

Liverpool made sense for Jurgen Klopp as Bayern Munich were not convinced

The ESPN FC panel talk about Jurgen Klopp's managerial skills after Liverpool have confirmed his appointment as their new manager to replace Brendan Rodgers.
The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on a surprise top-four team in the Premier League, how Paul Pogba would fit in at Barcelona and whether or not Jurgen Klopp can turn around Liverpool's fortune.

In an interview with German weekly paper Die Zeit in 2012, Jürgen Klopp was asked if there were any hopes he had given up on. His answer: "I never had a crazy amount of hopes. Men are like that, I believe. We have a pragmatic approach to life. We deal with what's in front of us."

Not worrying about the big picture can be a useful approach. Klopp's endlessly repeated mantra doing his three most successful seasons at Dortmund (two championships, one DFB Cup, runners-up in the Champions League...