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Dos a Cero: The USA-Mexico rivalry re-told

Listen to key figures tell the tales of each of the USA’s landmark 2-0 wins over Mexico

Over the last 15 years, one scoreline in the USA's rivalry versus Mexico stands out above all others: 2-0. Dos A Cero. Four times on U.S. soil in World Cup qualifying and once more in the World Cup the Americans have beaten their counterparts by that famous tally.  SI's Grant Wahl spoke to key U.S. figures in the rivalry to get their recollections and stories from the five wins. Listen below for some of their fascinating memories. For the full-length interviews, listen to the new Planet Fútbol Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.​

Bruce Arena—2001

The former U.S. manager recalls the night that the Dos A Cero legend was born–and why Columbus wasn't always the planned destination for what became "La Guerra Fria." 

Brian McBride—2002

The iconic U.S. forward recounts the memorable day in South Korea, where the stakes in the history of the USA-Mexico rivalry reached their highest and the Americans advanced to the quarterfinals.

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Claudio Reyna—2005

The former U.S. captain looks back on another momentous day in Columbus, where the U.S. used a pair of second-half goals to clinch their place in the 2006 World Cup and Oguchi Onyewu delivered a stare-down for the ages.

Michael Bradley—2009

Just 21 at the time, Bradley scored both goals on another frigid day in Columbus, where Rafa Marquez enhanced his villainous reputation by cleating Tim Howard.

Landon Donovan—2013

The all-time leading scorer in U.S. history scored his final international goal, capping the result by that familiar scoreline on a night when the U.S. would go on to clinch its place at Brazil's 2014 World Cup.