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Beckerman, Klinsmann's U.S. midfield destroyer, will be vital vs. Mexico

United States' Clint Dempsey believes his side will make the most of their chance to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Who will be the most important player for the U.S. in Saturday night's massive grudge match against Mexico? There's goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who'll probably be called on to make at least one game-changing save. There's Clint Dempsey, still far and away the squad's deadliest scoring threat. Or maybe it will be Michael Bradley, the national team's captain and its beating heart.

For U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the correct answer might just be Kyle Beckerman.

The 33-year-old MLS...

Clint Dempsey-Jozy Altidore dynamic imperative for U.S. success vs. Mexico

USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sits down to discuss the upcoming match against Mexico, the squad he has selected, and the importance of the U.S. and Mexico rivalry.

When Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore took the field for the United States against Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, the expectation was the duo would get the goals needed to help the Americans navigate out of a daunting group that also included Portugal and Germany.

Fifteen months later, with a massive game against Mexico looming, the expectations are the same. The pair will be counted on to provide the bulk of the scoring, and they'll also need to do plenty of little things well. Dempsey is expected...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

United States and Mexico fan polls: Which would you rather win?

ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe projects the starting XI for Mexico against the United States, debates Rafa Marquez's fitness and how the El Tri attack can break down the U.S. defence.

Saturday's CONCACAF Cup between the United States and Mexico is almost here, with a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup on the line.

Both sets of fans are desperate to win, but would winning Saturday night mean more than winning a World Cup qualifier on enemy soil?

 By Sid Lowe

Victor Valdes living in sad exile at Manchester United

The ESPN FC crew look at Victor Valdes' difficult situation at Manchester United.

Victor Valdes says that goalkeepers are always alone, emotionally and physically distanced from their teammates.

He admits he's shy, an introvert who likes solitude, and that one of the reasons he loves windsurfing is the feeling of being out there on the sea a long way from land where no one can bother him except the occasional fish swimming past.

Yet the scene was still a sad, lonely one -- even for him -- and the message felt a little like a cry for help. Or for comprehension at least.


Robert Lewandowski selfie blamed for ending Scotland dreams

With Scotland ahead late in the second half a pitch invader delayed the match. Did it ultimately cost Gordon Strachan's side as Robert Lewandowski notched a stoppage-time equaliser?

Many Scotland fans have, slightly harshly we might add, blamed a young fan's desperate attempt to bag a selfie with Robert Lewandowski for their nation's failure to qualify for Euro 2016.

During the latter stages of the match on Thursday, the young Scottish supporter charged past security and ran the length of the pitch to grab a photo with the Poland striker.

A vocal minority of fellow supporters have since claimed the boy's miniature pitch invasion caused the added stoppage time which allowed Lewandowski...

 By Rory Smith

Swansea, Sassuolo, Iceland bucking the 'super club' and big-nation trend

Northern Ireland qualified for the European Championships for the first time in their history with a 3-1 win over Greece.

This is football's age of the elite. With every passing year, the game grows ever more centralised, ever more hierarchical. The revenue streams of the world's most famous teams swell with television rights and merchandising deals. Every prawn sandwich sold in every executive box stretches the gap between them and the rest. The chasm is always getting a little more yawning.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchesters City and United, Chelsea and Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus:...