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USMNT set for April 2 tilt with Mexico in Arizona

United States v Mexico - International Friendly

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 15: Javier Hernandez of Mexico fights for the ball with Jose Torres of the United States during a FIFA friendly match between Mexico and US at Azteca Stadium on August 15, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)

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Sure, it’s a friendly and yes, it’ll be MLS and Liga MX-heavy, but any US vs. Mexico match confirmation gets the juicing pumping.

The States will host El Tri on Wednesday, April 2 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The match will kick at 11 p.m. EST (8 p.m. local time), and be broadcasting live on ESPN2.
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The match will take place out of the international window, so expect Michael Bradley and his fellow MLS peers to mix it up with Mexico (as well as a selection of Liga MX Yanks).

Jurgen Klinsmann issued a quote in the release:

“We are going to be watching our players very carefully before making final decisions on the roster for the World Cup, so this will be a great benchmark to see where they are at and how they compete against our biggest rivals,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Games against Mexico are always special for the players and for the fans. We expect that it will be an amazing atmosphere in Phoenix with supporters for both teams, and it’s great to have an opportunity to play before the start of the World Cup. You couldn’t ask for a better experience to help with our preparations.”

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