For the fifth straight time, the U.S. Men's National Team will play Mexico in Columbus during the Final Round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday, Nov. 11. Dating back to a frigid night on Feb. 28, 2001, the quadrennial "Hex" encounter with Mexico has grown to become the biggest international soccer match on U.S. soil, with the Americans winning by the familiar 2-0, or "Dos a Cero" score line, on each occasion.
THERE'S ONLY ONE PLACE FOR USA-MEXICO IN THE HEX
For the third time in the past five World Cup Qualifying cycles, the U.S. will face Mexico to open the final round of qualifying, also known as the "Hex" [the odds of that happening? 0.81 percent]. In the past four cycles, the United States has collected 2-0 shutout victories in this fixture, establishing the rally cry of "Dos a Cero" for U.S. supporters.
On two occasions - in 2005 and 2013 - the 2-0 victories secured the USA's advancement to the World Cup.
COLUMBUS - THE FORTRESS
It's not just against Mexico that the U.S. has had success in CBus. The MNT is unbeaten in 11 matches at MAPFRE Stadium, holding an 8-0-3 lifetime record with a remarkable 10 shutouts. In fact, the U.S. scored 19 times while only surrendering a single goal in those 11 games, during the 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Nov. 17, 2004.
Even more importantly, nine of the matches have been World Cup Qualifiers. The USA is 7-0-2 in those contests, most recently running out 4-0 winners against Guatemala on March 29 earlier this year on Matchday 4 of the Semifinal Round of qualifying.