Mexico are seeking a change of fortune at the World Cup and after some poor results in warm-up matches cannot wait for their opener with Iran.
Playing three World Cup warmups in a six-day period has tested the limits of the U.S. squad but there have been definite signs of improvement, manager Bruce Arena says.
U.S. captain Claudio Reyna is scheduled to have a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of the hamstring injury he suffered in the 1-0 defeat against Morocco on Tuesday.
A blend of domestic and European-based players were named on Tuesday in a 20-man U.S. squad by coach Bruce Arena for Saturday's friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park.
United States coach Bruce Arena named a 26-man squad on Wednesday for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Guatemala.
Nearing his seventh anniversary of taking over the United States team, Bruce Arena is a contented man who feels the 2006 World Cup is within reach.
Bruce Arena's men have ridden out an indifferent start to their campaign. Chris Cowles was in Panama to see the continuing revival.
For the U.S. to avoid pitfalls whether at home or on the road, the team must continue to focus on attacking play.
Tim Howard is enjoying some down time back home after an impressive first season with Manchester United.