The United States men's national team's biggest match since the 2014 World Cup comes on Saturday night, when Jurgen Klinsmann & Co. battle Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup, with the winner earning a berth to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
And while securing a Confederations Cup spot is important for the U.S., the match has other implications, as it will serve as a measuring stick for the Americans' progress under Klinsmann and show which players the manager truly trusts in a major match as we head further in the 2018 World Cup cycle. There's a lot on the line on Saturday for the USMNT.
Who should be in Jurgen Klinsmann's starting XI? What tactics should the U.S. use to counter Mexico's strengths? Which Americans will need to step up the most? Is Klinsmann's job in danger if the U.S. loses? And which team will win?
We assembled a panel of three ESPN FC analysts -- ESPN Insiders Doug McIntyre and Alejandro Moreno, along with Paul Carr from ESPN Stats & Information -- to weigh in on these questions and more heading into Saturday's showdown.
Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli said that beating Brazil on the heels of a Copa America title "earn Chile respect worldwide."
The defending Copa America champs kicked off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 defeat of Brazil in Santiago on Thursday as Eduardo Vargas' side-footed volley snuck past Brazilian goalkeeper Jefferson in the 72nd minute. Alexis Sanchez then capped off a fine interchange between he and Arturo Vidal in the 90th minute to secure the points for the hosts.