The soccer rivalry between the United States and Mexico began, appropriately enough, in a breeding ground for conflict.
The teams first met in 1934 in a World Cup qualifying match in Italy, then in the grip of Mussolini's dictatorial control and half a decade shy of the ravages of World War II, with an unfancied U.S. side pulling off a shocking 4-2 victory.
Seventy-five years and 56 matches later, the intensity and hostility between the leading lights of the CONCACAF region have never been at a higher level.
This rivalry has been on a slow burn, primarily due to the USA failing to regularly field a competitive team for more than 50 years after that first clash. But the teams' next encounter may resemble the boiling point.
Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca comes just 2½ weeks after the Mexicans' 5-0 trouncing of the U.S. in the Gold Cup final. TheRead More »from USA vs. Mexico reaches its boiling point