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Mexico move closer to Russian Federation 2018 with victory over Honduras


In 49 World Cup home qualifying matches, Mexico is 40-2-7, with two of those draws against the U.S.in 1997 and 2013.

US midfielder Christian Pulisic smiles as time runs out in the team's World Cup soccer qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Commerce City, Colo.

Mexico's Oribe Peralta (19) screams in frustration as he is comforted by a teammate during a 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying soccer match between Mexico and Honduras at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Meanwhile, with only two days' rest between two high-altitude games, US coach Bruce Arena plans to tweak his lineup from the one he used in Thursday night's 2-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago in Denver. He's versatile and has been most valuable on the backline, but Bruce Arena's plan is to use the Borussia Moenchengladbach as a flank midfielder, his natural position and one in which he can offer far more to the USA side.

"It's somewhat I think similar to club play in Major League Soccer, where you travel at times great distances in a short period of time and play two games", Arena said, per the Associated Press.

Just in case that didn't put enough of a target on his back heading into Sunday's match, the 18-year-old essentially guaranteed a win at Mexico in an interview with FS1 immediately after the match. He has scored or assisted on seven of the Americans' last eight goals.

"For us there's no bigger game", Bradley said following Thursday's win.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the USA national soccer team warms up during a pre-match training session at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Saturday, June 10, 2017.

"I think we have to see how our players recover", he said.

Clint Dempsey, 34 and one goal from tying Landon Donovan's American record of 57 global goals, could get rotated out.

Coach Bruce Arena is just happy to have him. After several renovations, capacity has been reduced from 120,000 to 87,000, but it remains imposing. The rivalry plays a large role, and with Sunday's trip to Estadio Azteca, revenge is on the mind of the USA after what happened in Columbus in November.

"It's fun. I'm sadistic".

Honduras's chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup are going down with each United States win and each of their own losses.

His absence is a considerable blow for Mexico and Osorio, who figured to start the Porto player against the USMNT and beyond. The USA clash will also serve as a flawless test for Mexico ahead of the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russian Federation where El Tri will face Euro 2016 winners Portugal in their opening fixture. Even a draw would help them keep pace and sit proudly at the top of the Hex with 4 games to go. "So we didn't have probably the best team we could've had". "We know the fans obviously won't be on our side".

The Americans have three wins and three draws since Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as coach in November. Arena's biggest changes have been to install Darlington Nagbe at wide midfield and Jorge Villafana at left back. "But we really want some revenge on them from when they got us earlier this (qualifying cycle)". They're wonderful people. They contribute greatly to our society in many ways.

Mexico extended their lead at the top of the Hexagonal standings to five points after a convincing 3-0 home win over Honduras in CONCACAF's final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on Thursday evening.

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