World Cup Qualifying Preview: United States - Mexico

Nicholas McGee
World Cup Qualifying Preview: United States - Mexico

Mexico begins life without Jose Manuel de la Torre when it takes on the USA on Tuesday in a crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match.

The coach was sacked following his side's shock 2-1 home defeat to Honduras on Friday, a result that left Mexico in fourth place in the Hexagonal, outside the automatic qualifying spots for Brazil 2014. 

Luis Fernando Tena will take charge for the clash with Jurgen Klinsmann's side, which will be out to bounce back after being knocked off the top spot following a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. Clint Dempsey scored a first-half penalty for the U.S. in San Jose on Friday and hit the post on a would-be equalizer, but the home side largely dominated the match and took a 3-1 win.

Klinsmann will have to try and inspire his players to respond to this disappointment without a number of his key men.

Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron are all suspended, while Roma midfielder Michael Bradley also misses out after spraining his ankle in pre-game warmups on Friday. Klinsmann replaced that group by calling in Clarence Goodson, Jose Torres, Joe Corona and Brad Davis for the match against Mexico in Columbus.

The U.S. can book its ticket to Brazil with a win over Mexico and a win or draw by Honduras against Panama.