An ineffective Mexico continued to suffer from its goal drought on Tuesday night, drawing 0-0 with Costa Rica and complicating its way in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Tim Howard remains the No. 1 American goalkeeper despite a pair of strong performance by Brad Guzan in World Cup qualifiers last month.
The scoreless tie between the United States and Mexico more than doubled the previous high viewership for a World Cup qualifier on an ESPN network.
The United States and Mexico meet in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday and both teams could use a boost.
The U.S. will play its fourth straight home World Cup qualifier against Mexico at Columbus, Ohio.
Injuries forced yet another retooling of the United States' lineup ahead of its World Cup qualifier in Mexico on Tuesday night.
U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra has been dropped from the roster for World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, and Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will miss the matches because of injuries and illness.
The United States plays a 2014 World Cup qualifying match at Jamaica on Friday, with a chance to take complete control of the Group A standings.