Tim Howard should be in goal today, and he's playing as well as any keeper in the world. Landon Donovan said they aren't going down there for a draw. Jozy Altidore will be playing up front with the increased confidence (and jetlag) of a guy playing in the Premiership.

People make too much of the heat in Mexico, but the altitude will be trying. People make too much of the history, but I suppose 0-19-1 for the US in Mexico since 1937 has to mean something. People can't possibly make too much of the fans because 100,000 diehards will have a powerful, sustained impact on Mexico's team. Ultimately, I think the shots in the arm they will provide at key moments to Mexico will be the difference in the match.

Here's what others are saying about the game at 4pm ET on Telemundo and mun2:

Big Soccer

Potomac Soccer Wire


Toronto Star

Grant Wahl

Hooligan Talk