Christian Pulisic #10 of the U.S. National Team celebrates scoring a goal against Trinidad & Tabago. Photo: FIFA

Viewing parties will be held at six locations in the Southland for Sunday’s telecasts of the U.S.-Mexico 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier as the U.S. attempts to avoid its customary disappointment at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Coverage will begin at 5:30 p.m. in English on cable’s FS1 and in Spanish on Univision and Univision Deportes Network.

The viewing parties will be held at:

— At The Top, 201 Pine Ave., Long Beach;

— The Auld Dubliner, 2497 E Ave., Tustin;

— Buffalo Wild Wings, 2548 E. Workman Ave., West Covina;

— Q’s Billiard Club, 11835 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood;

— 1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; and

— Underground Pub & Grill, 1332 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.

The parties are organized by various chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams.

The U.S. is 1-8-2 at Estadio Azteca, including 0-6-2 in World Cup qualifying. In its two most recent games there the U.S. won 1-0 in an exhibition on Aug. 15, 2012 and played to a 0-0 tie in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier on March 26, 2013.

The U.S. played each of its past two games at increasing altitude to prepare for the game in Mexico City, where the elevation is 7,382 feet, tying Venezuela, 1-1, last Saturday in an exhibition at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, where the elevation is 4,449 feet, and defeating Trinidad and Tobago, 2- 0, Thursday in a World Cup qualifier Thursday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, where the elevation is 5,164 feet, 116 feet short of a mile.

The U.S. is third in the final round of qualifying with a 2-2-1 record for seven points. Mexico leads the six-team field from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football with a 4-0-1 record for 13 points.

The top three finishers are assured of berths in the 2018 World Cup, while the fourth-place finisher will play a home-and-home series with the fifth- place finisher from the Asian Football Confederation for a World Cup berth.

All teams in the group have five games left to play in qualifying.

The U.S. is 3-0-3 in 2017, while Mexico is 5-1-0, including a 3-0 victory over Honduras in a qualifier Thursday at Estadio Azteca.

The U.S. is 23rd in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, six spots behind Mexico, known as El Tri, for the tricolor Mexican flag, which is green, white and red.

The U.S. is 18-34-14 against Mexico, including a 2-1 loss Nov. 11 in a qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, their most recent meeting. The U.S. is 6-16-6 against Mexico in World

Cup qualifying.

The 26-player U.S. roster includes two players who played on the high school or club level in Orange County — Hamburg SV forward Bobby Wood (Irvine Strikers) and Pachuca defender Jorge Villafana (Anaheim High).

The U.S. team consists of 15 players who play in Major League Soccer, four in Germany, three each in England and Mexico and one in Belgium.

Mexico’s 23-player roster includes 11 players who play in Mexico; four in Spain, three in Portugal, two in Germany and one each in Netherlands and Italy. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos in the only player on the Mexican roster who plays in Major League Soccer.

–City News Service

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