Tonight is the night, fellow Americans.
While America was in full effect over the weekend with the return of NFL football and the gathering of true patriots, few things in the sporting world could boost our national pride than qualifying for the world's biggest sports tournament while vanquishing a hated foe.
With a little help, the Stars and Stripes can qualify for the 2014 World Cup, and strike a huge blow for archrival Mexico.
How great would it feel to qualify AND knock them from contention? I'm sure it beats a kick to the groin, right Alexi?
And Mexico is reeling. They lost to Honduras, then fired their coach Jose Manuel De La Torre . Not a happy weekend for El Tri as they crap their drawers at the prospect of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1982.
It won't be easy, but it rarely is. Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron are suspended, and Michael Bradley, arguably their best player, is out with an injury.
But we have the home field advantage -- the US has beaten Mexico all three times they have played in Columbus.
So I'm predicting a 2-1 triumph by the US tonight on home soil. Alamo, bitches! Remember it.
-Nick 'The American' Hatcher