The top 10 U.S.-Mexico games 

August, 13, 2012
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No matter what happens when the Yanks and El Tri meet Wednesday night in a friendly (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) at Mexico's City's 100,000-seat Azteca Stadium, it will be difficult for the match to live up to the drama and intrigue provided by some of the most meaningful games in the series' 78-year history. That's not to say the game won't be worth watching. Even when it's an exhibition, the CONCACAF clasico is always a must-see, and with the 100,000-plus Mexicans in attendance -- the game is supposed to sell out -- eager to salute the country's just-crowned Olympic men's champions in a pregame ceremony, the atmosphere for the 60th meeting between the rivals be as electric as ever. So, as a primer to this week's high-profile tilt, here's a look at the 10 most significant U.S.-Mexico contests of all time.

10. July 17, 1995: U.S. 0, Mexico 0 (U.S. wins 4-1 on PKs), Copa America quarterfinals, Paysandu, Uruguay

It's never easy to beat El Tri on foreign soil, let alone in the knockout stage of a major international tournament. But that's exactly what the Yanks did at the 1995 Copa America, sending fellow guest participant Mexico home in the quarterfinal round. The win came three days after the U.S. topped its group with a 3-0 upset of Argentina, and although the Yanks dropped a tight semifinal to Brazil, the Yanks left Uruguay with an unexpected fourth-place finish.

9. Aug. 1, 1999: Mexico 1, U.S. 0 (OT), Confederations Cup semifinals, Mexico City


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Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.
Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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