The US Men's National Soccer team begins a new era tonight as Jurgen Klinsmann makes his debut as the US manager against heated rivals Mexico. The game takes place at Lincoln Financial Field starting at 9pm. Tickets are still available and can be had through ticketmaster or the Lincoln Financial Field box office.
The game will be shown live tonight on ESPN2 in English and in Spanish on Univision. The US will be looking for a measure of revenge after Mexico embarrassed them in the Gold Cup Final this summer. US goalkeeper Tim Howard says that while this game is a friendly, it is rarely "friendly" when these rivals meet.
"I think as an American player, ultimately that's how you are judged," Howard said of the rivalry. "There's such passion in the game...The only thing that adds incentive is winning and losing, and the last time we played Mexico we lost. I think it's important for us that we win the game."
Klinsmann says that despite the quick turnaround from his appointment to the first match, he looks forward to seeing the squad in action and is eyeing a victory.
"At the end of the day...it's still about the game. So enjoy yourself and give everything you can for your country," Klinsmann said. "The good thing about soccer is even if you have a lot on your shoulders, you always have a special moment to look forward to, taking the field for the next game. The goal is to beat Mexico. Is it realistic? We'll see."