The importance of games in Mexico 

September, 22, 2010

When the Seattle Sounders kick off against Monterrey on Wednesday night in CONCACAF Champions League action, they will be trying to do something the U.S. national team and American pro clubs haven't achieved in more than 40 tries combined: beat a Mexican team south of the border.

The national team's struggles in Mexico are well-documented (the U.S. record there stands at 0-23-1), but the team that eventually breaks the winless streak is likely to be of the club variety.

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