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Matrix: Pessimism = Loss; Optimism = Good Result

Our ASN Matrix feature often shines a light on the mood and mindset of the American fan base—and never more so than right now, on the day of the U.S. vs. Mexico match at Estadio Azteca.
BY John Godfrey Posted
March 26, 2013
10:51 AM
MEXICO CITY—When we launched the ASN Matrix late last year, we knew it would garner a lot of feedback from soccer fans hungry to share their viewpoints on a wide range of topics. And we were hopeful that it would provide some quick visual insight into the mood of the U.S. soccer fan base.

And it has.

Especially right now. With all eyes on tonight's U.S.—Mexico World Cup qualifier at Estadio Azteca (10:30 p.m., ESPN), we asked ASN readers to graph their feelings about the match along two axes. First, do you think the U.S. will win or do you think Mexico will take it? Second, do you think the U.S. will bunker and play it safe or come out fighting and go for a win?

The results have been fascinating: ASN readers/contributors who expect the U.S. to bunker and play it safe are overwhelmingly negative about the prospects of an American victory. Those who anticipate an attack-minded U.S. squad are very optimistic about a good result for the Stars and Stripes.

You can see the trend lines here. More importantly, you can add your voice to the conversation by clicking on the same link. Graph your position on the infographic to share your take, and then click on any shaded cell to read the thoughtful comments from other U.S. fans.

We want your take. We rely on your take. That's what ASN is all about.

Help us out, won't you?

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