This weekend, the United States and Mexico rivalry will be renewed with yet another installment at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Last time the two nations squared off at the Bowl, Mexico came up big 4-2 winners in a 2011 Gold Cup Final for the ages (or, one to forget if you're American).
This time, there's just as much at stake -- a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, held in Russia. Beating your rival for a chance at the star-studded 8-team tournament is a huge deal, especially since both teams have dealt with coaching and roster struggles across the spectrum. Getting to Russia in '17 also provides a huge advantage looking ahead to the 2018 World Cup (also in Russia). The advancing team gains a big leg up by familiarizing with the climate, cities, and stadia a full year ahead of at least 24 other World Cup entrants.
Stay tuned to Dynamo Theory for more coverage of the CONCACAF Cup throughout the week!