1. The U.S. men's national team can clinch a World Cup spot with a victory.
2. Mexico is our bitter rival.
3. Mexico is desperate for a win.
4. It'll be interesting to see how the team performs without Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.
Midfielder Michael Bradley and striker Jozy Altidore have been two of the United States' most important and effective players during the team's recent 12-match unbeaten streak. Bradley has recently asserted himself as the most important player on the U.S. roster while Altidore has finally become the scorer everyone thought he'd be. Bradley will sit out tonight's game with a sprained ankle and Altidore is serving a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation.