The United States women’s national team will play Mexico twice in September in their final tune-up games before the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship — which doubles as World Cup qualifying — in October.
Mexico and the U.S. will play on Sept. 13 in a venue to be determined, and again on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. The Sept. 18 match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET.
Mexico and the United States could face each other in the final of World Cup qualifying, which will take place on Oct. 26. Qualifying will be held in Chicago, Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia from Oct. 15-26.
Sept. 18 will be the U.S. women’s national team’s fourth trip to Sahlen’s Stadium and sixth to the city of Rochester. The Americans have never lost in Rochester, N.Y., where world all-time goal-scorer Abby Wambach grew up. Sahlen’s Stadium is the home of the NWSL’s Western New York Flash.
Mexico has only beaten the U.S. once in 28 previous meetings: the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Cancun, Mexico, which forced the U.S. into a playoff with Italy for a berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Americans went on to qualify, losing to Japan in the World Cup final.
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