USSF in preliminary discussions over August friendly with Mexico in Azteca

Klinsmann let slip that the USA may face Mexico in an August friendly, but the USSF quickly pointed out that discussions are still ongoing.
The United States could face the Mexican national team in Azteca on Aug. 12, though the two federations are still in discussions over the potential match.

Following a scrimmage against the U.S. U23 side, which the full national team won 4-0, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsman fielded a question about the upcoming calendar year and accidentally included a potential friendly against El Tri in his answer.

However, USSF spokesman Neil Buethe quickly pointed out that details for that match, still several months away, are far from finalized.

"[Klinsmann] may have – for lack of a better word – slipped a little bit in terms of what he mentioned there," Buethe told "It's probably fair enough to say there have been discussions in the past about a game against Mexico but we have no contract signed and there's no confirmation of that game happening."

Klinsmann's first game in charge of the USA came against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011. A late Robbie Rogers goal salvaged a 1-1 draw in Philadelphia.

The United States has never beaten El Tri on Mexican soil, and Azteca, with its capacity of 104,000, has come to epitomize that home dominance.

Buethe indicated that the USSF is in the middle of a process of whittling down a list of 10-15 possible opponents for Aug. 12, which is the Saturday before FIFA's official international date of Aug. 15 and one day following the Olympics final for men's soccer.

Even if the proposed Mexico friendly doesn't pan out, the USA will still use the slot for a friendly.

"We'll definitely play a game on the 12th," Buethe said. "The question is just who we are playing and where we're playing."

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