Mexico plays host to the United States in a key World Cup qualifier on Aug. 12. Here are our 10 favorite clashes between the archrivals.<br><br>For the first time, the U.S. selected cold-weather Columbus as the site for the match, as <i>La Guerria Fría</i> (the Cold War) was born. Brian McBride had to leave the physical match with a swollen eye, which opened the door for Josh Wolff's heroics. The young striker took a long ball from Clint Mathis and eluded Mexican keeper Jorge Campos to give the U.S. the only goal it would need.
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March 2005, World Cup qualifying
For a third time under Bruce Arena, the U.S. tried -- and failed -- to win a game at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca. The Mexicans took control early on and capitalized a half-hour into the game on goals by Jared Borgetti and Antonio "Sinha" Naelson (pictured). Eddie Lewis put in a concession goal for the Americans, but the victory improved Mexico's record vs. the U.S. 22-0-1 on its home soil.
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Sept. 2005, World Cup qualifying
For both teams, the goal was simple: Win and qualify for the 2006 World Cup. The U.S. again chose Columbus Crew Stadium to host the crucial tilt, and again the friendly confines paid off. Eddie Lewis opened up the scoring for the Americans in the 53rd minute, then DaMarcus Beasley slotted one past Oswaldo Sánchez minutes later. The win earned the U.S. a trip to Germany at the expense of their archrivals.
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2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final
It was the highly anticipated final everyone was hoping for and the first time the archrivals met for the regional title in almost a decade. And for nearly the entire game, it looked like Mexico would break its jinx on U.S. soil in front of mostly pro-Mexico fans at Solider Field. But Landon Donovan's 62nd-minute penalty kick knotted up the game, and then a <i>golazo</i> from Benny Feilhaber (at right) broke Mexico's back in the 73rd minute, giving the U.S. a fourth Gold Cup title.
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1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup final
The U.S. was coming off a historic 1-0 upset of Brazil in the Gold Cup semis, and was sure the momentum would carry into the final. But a pro-Mexico crowd of 91,225 packing the Los Angeles Coliseum effectively turned the decider into a road game. Luis Hernández (right, holding trophy) buried a point-blank header past Kasey Keller just before halftime, and the U.S. never recovered.
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1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup final
On a hot summer afternoon, a promising U.S. team was reduced to rubble in front of more than 100,000. The Americans never adjusted to the altitude and smog of Mexico City and no idea the impact the size of the enormous crowd would have against them. El Tri danced all over the U.S., including a pair of goals from Luis Roberto "Zague" Alves (pictured), and the jinx of the dreaded Estadio Azteca was born -- the U.S. still has never won there.
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July 2001, World Cup qualifying
Everything was set up for a historic and monumental upset. A perfect U.S. was on top of the standings while Mexico had lost two in a row. A change at the top was all El Tri needed, however, as new coach Javier Aguirre tinkered with the lineup, including calling in fan favorite Alberto García Aspe. And it paid off: The midfielder sent a free-kick in to Jared Borgetti (pictured), who buried it past Kasey Keller for the only goal Mexico would need. The Azteca streak stayed alive and Mexico regained its swagger on the road to the '02 World Cup.
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1995 Copa América
Ironically, it was in South America that the U.S. finally turned the tide on its archrivals. As a special invite to the continent's championship, the Americans shocked heavily favored Argentina in the group stage, and then Brad Friedel took center stage in the quarterfinals. The American keeper shut down the Mexicans in regulation, then stopped all but one of their attempts in the ensuing penalty shootout. "For us to come this far as a team together," said U.S. midfielder John Harkes, "the full squad, everyone pulling together -- it's one of the biggest triumphs ever for the U.S. squad."
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November 1997, World Cup qualifying
The U.S. had heard enough of its 17-game losing streak -- and 69-13 combined score line -- at the Azteca. Down a man for most of the game, Eric Wynalda (at right) and the Americans muscled out a point in front of more than 100,000 feverish Mexican fans. The result qualified Mexico for the '98 World Cup, but it didn't feel like it, as the stadium echoed with chants calling for the ouster of national-team coach Bora Milutinovic. "We consider this a golden point,'' said a beaming U.S. coach Steve Sampson.
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2002 World Cup
Of the 55 times the archrivals have clashed, no game has ever been as meaningful or high-stakes as this one. On the line was a berth in the quarterfinals of the World Cup and a date with Germany. And the U.S. was up for a breakthrough. Brian McBride put the U.S. on the board in the eighth minute, then breakout star Landon Donovan, only 20, sealed the deal with a pretty header in the 65th (pictured). With the win cinched, a frustrated Rafa Márquez's intentionally head-butted Cobi Jones in the closing minutes. "He knew what the outcome was going to be and he decided to take it out on anybody who was around him," Jones told SI.com in 2007. "We were the better team that day and he knew it."
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