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U.S. team finally breaks Azteca jinx

Sports is all about numbers.

And heading into Wednesday night’s friendly against Mexico, the U.S. Men’s National Team faced some pretty unpleasant numbers.

The U.S. team had never beaten the Mexican team in Mexico, despite trying for 75 years.

The U.S. was 0-23-1 against El Tri in those 75 years.

The U.S. was 0-19-1 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, being outscored 81-14.

But that all changed Wednesday night, and now the only number that counts is the final score:

USA 1, Mexico 0.

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A Clevelander talks Celtic football

In European soccer, there are several storied rivalries, but any discussion of the best rivalries has to include the one between Celtic FC and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.

Founded in Glasgow’s East End in 1888, Celtic FC has been hugely successful within Scottish football. In 1967, Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup, famously beating Inter Milan 2-1. They were runners-up to Feyenoord.

Celtic, which has won 42 league titles, 35 Scottish Cups and 14 League Cups, is well on its way to claiming another championship this season, holding an 18 point lead with six games remaining. (Update: Celtic clinched the league title on Saturday with a 6-0 win over Kilmarnock)

Rangers were founded in 1872 in Glasgow and the two clubs, separated by just four miles, have shared a great rivalry over the past 124 years.

Rangers are currently in administration however, and with debt that could top £134 million, the club is in danger of going bankrupt and possibly ending one of the best rivalries in soccer.

Interested in learning more about the rivalry, we turned to Sean McLaughlin, a lifelong Clevelander and Celtic fan, who was gracious enough to sit down for a virtual Q&A about the club.

Sean, who you can follow on Twitter @SeanMcL216, is a member of the Celtic Supporter Club that meets on match days at PJ McIntyre’s on Lorain Avenue in Kamm’s Corners. The club can be found on Twitter (@clevelandceltic) and on Facebook.

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