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The German-born wingback had received his first cap just nine months earlier, after his change-of-nation papers cleared Federation Internationale de Football Association, and had become the first-choice left back under Jurgen Klinsmann, who used him on the right side at Azteca.
Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring against Honduras during a 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying soccer match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Thursday, June 8, 2017. A point at the Azteca will further solidify their position in the top three in the Hex.
Every time the USMNT and Mexico play in World Cup qualification, there is hype, anticipation and expectation. Arena is hoping that carries over to Sunday.
With all that in mind, this is one of the rare Azteca clashes that clearly means more to one team than the other. "So hopefully we can silence them", midfielder Kellyn Acosta said. He came off the bench to score El Tri's second goal against Honduras on Thursday, and, with Osorio's habit of regularly rotating his lineup, is probably a safe bet to start on Sunday night.
After a frustrating opening 45 minutes that left the game tied at half, Pulisic broke through with the help from a nifty play in midfield between Darlington Nagbe and Clint Dempsey and a well placed centering pass from DeAndre Yedlin.
With the USA team playing just a handful of games every year, turnover in the squad was high, making Roy somewhat of a rarity himself.
Arena's sentiments were echoed last November by a USA supporter group, the American Outlaws, which made a concerted effort to make Mexican fans in Columbus, Ohio feel welcome when the two nations met in their previous World Cup qualifying encounter.
The U.S. team (2-2-1, 7 pts) has outscored opponents 9-1 over three qualifiers (2-0-1) since Arena took over for Jurgen Klinsmann, moving back into third place in the field of six.
The U.S. was 0-19-1 in Mexico City - getting outscored 81-14 - before a 1-0 exhibition win five years ago.
The US haven't exactly had much success at the Azteca, however. You know how tough it is to play in Mexico City with the altitude and things like that. This is the first time he'll be dealing with a nasty CONCACAF away environment.
While the Confederations Cup has never really been considered a huge global honour in comparison to the FIFA World Cup, the Euros or the Copa America, top players have continuously graced the event to win worldwide glory.
How will Mexico cope without missing stars? But it appears to be a precautionary measure, with all three set to travel to Russian Federation for the Confederations Cup with an eye towards taking part in that tournament, which kicks off for El Tri on Sunday, June 18 with a showdown against Portugal in Kazan. If the center-back pair of John Brooks and Geoff Cameron (or Omar Gonzalez should Cameron play in midfield) shuts down Chicharito and Jimenez, the probability of the USA team coming back with at least a point increases exponentially.