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For U.S. and Mexico, there's a lot more than a soccer game on the line

For U.S. and Mexico, there's a lot more than a soccer game on the line

When Bruce Arena took over as coach of the U.S. national soccer team in 1998, games against Mexico were more rout than a rivalry.

"We were obviously light years behind," Arena remembered. "We were scared of them. We just had to change our mentality.

"That started with just simply stating that we've got to beat them."

And no U.S. coach did that more often than Arena, who won seven of 12 matches with Mexico in eight years, turning what had been a one-sided series into one of the most heated and competitive in international sport.

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