The 2014 FIFA World Cup live qualifying will feature multiple teams from around the world trying to qualify for next year's big soccer event. Among the matchups for the qualifying schedule on Tuesday is a highly-anticipated nighttime showdown featuring USA vs. Mexico 2013 live from Columbus. The soccer game will be live streamed and televised via ESPN for sports fans to enjoy, as USA attempts to complete their qualifying for the FIFA World Cup next year.
According to a Sept. 9 report via USSoccer.com, tonight's match will be important for the United States to win. If they come away victorious, they'll need a bit of help from Honduras though. If Honduras can tie or defeat Panama, then the U.S. will gain a berth for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. currently has 13 points in the overall standings, which is good for second place behind the group leader, Costa Rica. Honduras is third, with Mexico in fourth.
It's important to note that Team USA will be without Jozy Altidore, Matt Bessler and Geoff Cameron. These three players will be serving a one-match suspension for "yellow card accumulation." Michael Bradley is injured with a sprained left ankle, while John Brooks went back to Hertha Berlin. Meanwhile, US head coach Jurgen Klinsmaan has added in defender Clarence Goodson along with midfielders Joe Corona, Brad Davis and Jose Torres. Hopefully these players can pick up the slack for those missing from the lineup tonight.
Another important note is that during the past three times these two teams met for World Cup qualifiers, US has won all three, each being a 2-0 victory. All three of those matches were also held in Columbus. These two teams last played on March 26 and the end result at the game in Mexico City was a 0-0 tie.
The U.S. will look towards stars including Clint Dempsey who with 13 goals is now the all-time leading scorer for World Cup qualifying. They'll also look towards Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Kyle Beckerman and others on the field to try to get this important victory. Currently, the United States has odds of 150 to 1 to win the 2014 World Cup in June, while Mexico is 40 to 1. Brazil leads the way as favorite to win with 7 to 2 odds, followed by Argentina at 9 to 2.
Tonight's USA vs. Mexico live FIFA qualifying match has a start time of 7:40 p.m. EDT on ESPN, with a 7 p.m. pre-match show also airing right before game time. The game itself will be available live streaming online for fans to enjoy with the WatchESPN service through participating cable or satellite providers. Additionally, ESPN3 offers different online feeds for all viewers including a Goal Line Camera, End Zone Camera and Star Player Camera to provide unique perspectives during the match.