USA vs. Mexico live score, lineups, updates, highlights from CONCACAF World Cup qualifier

All the ingredients are there for another instant classic between the USA and Mexico in a World Cup qualifying showdown between the two powers in the CONCACAF region. Mexico is in first place in its group and the USA can catch El Tri in the standings with a win Friday night at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati.

Mexico might be the road team and it might be sporting a three-point cushion, but there’s serious pressure on head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino. That’s because Mexico lost two finals to the USA during the summer: the inaugural Nations League final and the CONCACAF Gold Cup title match. It would be traumatic for Mexico supporters to drop three straight competitive matches. The difference in those previous matches was set pieces, which the Americans dominated. They could prove decisive once again as Mexico deals with key absences on the back line. 

The USMNT, which failed to qualify for the last World Cup, will not want to drop points at home for a second time during the qualifying campaign, which reaches the midway point Friday. It’s why the USA decided to host the match in Ohio to give it the best chance at a decided home-field advantage. 

WATCH: USA vs. Mexico on fuboTV

Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and match highlights as they happen.

USA vs. Mexico live score


(All times Eastern)

8:46 p.m.: We’ll see how much of a pro-U.S. crowd this ends up being in Cincinnati:

7:37 p.m.: USA vs. Mexico is definitely a bucket list sports event:

7:02 p.m.: That’s some bit of history the USA can achieve with a win:

7 p.m.: What it’s like just outside TQL Stadium:

USA vs. Mexico projected lineups

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter revealed that Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen will start (though he said it could have easily been Matt Turner) and Chelsea star Christian Pulisic will not. When the roster was announced, he made it clear that Ricardo Pepi would be getting the bulk of the minutes at forward.

USA starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Zack Steffen-GK — 5-Antonee Robinson, 12-Miles Robinson, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 2-DeAndre Yedlin — 8-Weston McKennie, 4-Tyler Adams (capt.), 6-Yunus Musah — 20-Tim Weah, 9-Ricardo Pepi, 11-Brenden Aaronson

USA subs (12): 13-Matt Turner-GK, 22-Reggie Cannon, 18-Mark McKenzie, 15-Chris Richards, 21-Sam Vines, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 16-Gianluca Busio, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 14-Cristian Roldan, 10-Christian Pulisic, 7-Paul Arriola, 19-Jesus Ferreira

Mexico comes into the match with headaches along the back line, where center backs Nestor Araujo (suspension) and Cesar Montes (injury) are out, and Hector Moreno, who was a gametime decision, starts on the bench. Julio Cesar “Cata” Dominguez and Johan Vasquez will form the center back partnership.

Mexico starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Guillermo Ochoa-GK — 23-Jesus Gallardo, 5-Johan Vasquez, 3-Julio Cesar “Cata” Dominguez, 21-Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez — 7-Luis Romo, 4-Edson Alvarez, 16-Hector Herrera — 17-Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, 9-Raul Jimenez, 22-Hirving “Chucky” Lozano

Mexico subs (12): 12-Rodolfo Cota-GK, 1-Alfredo Talavera-GK, 15-Hector Moreno, 20-Gilberto “Tiba” Sepulveda, 6-Jorge Sanchez, 2-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 18-Andres Guardado, 8-Carlos “Charly” Rodriguez, 14-Roberto “Piojo” Alvarado, 10-Orbelin Pineda, 19-Henry Martin, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori

DECOURCY: Rivalry is everything when it comes to USA vs. Mexico

How to watch USA vs. Mexico

USA vs. Mexico will air on ESPN2 (English), and Univision and TUDN (Spanish) with all three channels streaming on fuboTV. New subscribers can get a free 7-day trial to the streaming service.

*Note: If the Cincinnati vs. South Florida college football game on ESPN2 runs past the 9 p.m. ET kickoff time, the match telecast will commence on ESPNNEWS.

The match will be held at Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s FC Cincinnati. The venue opened last May.

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