World Cup qualifier - USA vs. Mexico

The United States men's national team believes it can use one of the most passionate crowds in American soccer to intimidate its biggest rival Mexico and book a place in the World Cup on Tuesday.




Crew Stadium will host the most critical fixture of the qualifying campaign thus far, as a victory over El Tri would almost guarantee a spot among the world's best in Brazil next summer.

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Mexico's Christian Gimenez, center, is tripped by the United States' Alejandro Bedoya, right, as Kyle Beckerman helps to defend during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
US clinches World Cup berth, beats Mexico 2-0
Mexico's Christian Gimenez, center, is tripped by the United States' Alejandro Bedoya, right, as Kyle Beckerman helps to defend during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Mexico's Hector Moreno, right, shoots the ball past the United States' Jermaine Jones during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
US clinches World Cup berth, beats Mexico 2-0
Mexico's Hector Moreno, right, shoots the ball past the United States' Jermaine Jones during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Mexico's Hector Moreno, right, shoots the ball past the United States' Jermaine Jones during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Mexico's Hector Moreno, right, shoots the ball past the United States' Jermaine Jones during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio
Mexico's Hector Moreno, right, shoots the ball past the United States' Jermaine Jones during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Mexico's Christian Gimenez, center, is tripped by the United States' Alejandro Bedoya, right, as Kyle Beckerman helps to defend during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Mexico's Christian Gimenez, center, is tripped by the United States' Alejandro Bedoya, right, as Kyle Beckerman helps to defend during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio
Mexico's Christian Gimenez, center, is tripped by the United States' Alejandro Bedoya, right, as Kyle Beckerman helps to defend during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
The United States' Kyle Beckerman, left, heads the ball away from Mexico's Giovani dos Santos during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
The United States' Kyle Beckerman, left, heads the ball away from Mexico's Giovani dos Santos during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio
The United States' Kyle Beckerman, left, heads the ball away from Mexico's Giovani dos Santos during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Mexico's Andres Guardado, left, kicks the ball away from United States' Alejandro Bedoya during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Mexico's Andres Guardado, left, kicks the ball away from United States' Alejandro Bedoya during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio
Mexico's Andres Guardado, left, kicks the ball away from United States' Alejandro Bedoya during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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