Mexico’s friendly against South Korea (January 29) is to record over 30,000 in attendance at the Alamodome.
Mexico’s Colombia friendly has been cancelled. Now, Nigeria will face Mexico in Atlanta on March 5th. Ecuador has also agreed on a match in May at the Cowboys stadium. Reports claim Colombia denied the friendly with Mexico and that other big name nations may have done the same.
Reports claim Piojo Herrera was impressed with Carlos Fierro of Chivas. Some believe Fierro will be a surprise call up for the South Korea match.
Nothing confirmed yet, but Mexico may face Portugal for their preparation toward Brazil 2014. New York/New Jersey has been the rumored location if the game is confirmed.
Chicharito was able to reach 35 total goals for Mexico after his three in the Confederations cup run. He is now only 11 goals behind leader Jared Borgetti.
Mexico’s U-20 fell to Greece after a late goal for a final of 1-2. Mexico will need to recuperate quickly as they face Paraguay in a crucial match on June 25h. The game will start at 11:00 A.M. ET.
It appears Chepo will remain Mexico’s coach until the Autumn. Apparently there is a must win ultimatum against Honduras. If unsuccessful it will leave Mexico without a coach just days before playing the USA in Columbus.
The Dos Santos brothers have Euro clubs eyeing them. For Jonathan, Anderlecht in Belgium, and Fiorentina are two major names. As for Giovani, Valencia may be a possible destination out of second division Spain with Mallorca.
Mexico will be headed to the Gold cup in just two weeks. Their first match will be against Panama at the Rose Bowl (July 7). Be sure to check Pancho Villa’s Army to see if there is a watch-party near you!
Due to injury, Hugo Ayala and Fernando Arce will miss the Gold cup.
Mexico’s ugly draw streak is officially over thanks to a 1-0 victory over Jamaica. The previous meeting between the two teams resulted in a 0-0 draw in Estadio Azteca.
Mexico knew three points were crucial, if not mandatory. Being a heavy favorite at the end of the third round of CONCACAF WCQ, the lack of victories was becoming an ugly trend for El Tri fans.
The first half of the game was virtually a repeat of the match earlier this year. Very few chances were created and Mexico actually looked very lazy. It was very frustrating to see, because the game against Nigeria looked to be a breathe of fresh air, as Mexico played with fluidity and poise (even with 10 men).
Yet, thanks to a great goal from Aldo de Nigris, Mexico took a 1-0 lead in the second half. To add, Corona was an absolute force in the net for El Tri, making several clutch stops.
Mexico would find themselves with more possession and oportunities to score, but Donovan Ricketts was a minor savior for Jamaica. A few of his saves were the difference from Jamaica staying in the match or going down 2-0, maybe 3-0.
After 90, Mexico finally was able to celebrate their first victory of 2013. Hopefully the first of many.
Up next is a very difficult road game against Panama on Friday June 7th. The match will begin at 10:00 P.M. ET.
Mexico currently is atop the CONCACAF with six points, but needs to make sure they stay levelheaded to keep it as such.
Mexico played in an action packed match last night in Houston, TX. The game started heavily in favor of Mexico, but a red card sent Barrera to the bench and Nigeria would eventually take a 1-2 lead. Mexico persevered and in the second half. Chicharito found the back of the net to make it 2-2. It was another draw, but with the circumstances, El Tri has reason to hold their heads high.
1) Mexico’s passion was at an all-time high for this year
When Mexico was playing with 11 on the pitch, they had total control of the game. Barrera split defenders, Chicharito had a couple of good runs, Guardado was chasing down the ball etc. Everything was going right for Mexico. However, when Barrera got the red it looked like Nigeria was going to run the game. Yet, Mexico saw a 1-2 scoreline and lost no confidence. The play of Chicharito, Guardado, Flores, Zavala and crew was stellar. Even with the scoreline 2-2, and a man down, Mexico had several close opportunities to win. This new boost in rhythm should transfer right into CONCACAF WCQ.
2) Zavala and Herrera must start
Torrado opened up the game with Zavala, but soon would be seen as Mexico’s major weak link. Torrado was having trouble pushing forward and really found himself passing back more than to the attack. When Herrera came into the match, Mexico countered with fluidity. Attack after attack, El Tri was able cause problems for the defense. Moreover, Zavala was able to fall back and help the defense (even having solid slide tackles). These two need to continue gaining a chemistry, because they are young and have plenty of talent.
3) Nigeria should be a favorite to advance in their Confed. cup group
Although Mexico clearly should to be the better team for most of the game, Nigeria was still a dangerous side. Grouped with Uruguay, Spain, and Tahiti, Nigeria has plenty of weapons to do damage in the Confederations cup. What would be even more intriguing is if Mexico and Nigeria could find themselves in a rematch. Throughout the game, the two squads had scrums, hard tackles, and handful of yellow cards. It would make for a great Confederations cup game if Mexico can manage to face off with the Super Eagles.
Mexico will now head to Jamaica for WCQ. The month of June is going to be very important for El Tri as they have three qualification games, as well as the Confederations cup. Mexico will battle Jamaica on June 4th.
It has been seven months since the USMNT came into Azteca and claimed their first victory in Mexico…ever. Without a doubt, Mexico has not forgotten the images of that game. Given it was solely a friendly; the celebrations by the Americans will not be erased. As of now, Mexico has two points (0-2-0), while the USA has three (1-0-1) after two WCQ matches. There will be a lot of factors coming into this game for both teams, so let’s start off with formations.
Meza, Ayala, Moreno, Salcido
Aquino, Dos Santos, Guardado
I believe Chepo is going to stick with Ochoa. His biggest problem was the repetitive kicking of the ball to either Honduran players, or out-of-bounds. It really did hinder what could have been a lot of possession for Mexico. However, his play during the penalty was simply unlucky. He made a terrific diving play, only to have the ball go directly to Bengston. I do not see the U.S. pressuring Mexico, so expect to see the defense bring the ball up most of the time. This will cancel out Ochoa’s goal kicks, and hopefully he will shine like he has before.
Two other headlines are the absences of ‘Maza’ and Torres Nilo. Chepo will most likely send Salcido to his former position, and bring in Torrado for “experience” in the midfield. Although, watch for Herrera to make a second half sub for Torrado. His control and dribbling are two features Mexico needs. Chepo de la Torre usually doesn’t start the younger guys, which is why I see an Ayala-Moreno centerback situation.
The U.S. will most likely come out with a 4-3-2-1/4-3-3. However, as mentioned before, they are going to sit back. This is not a total must win for them, but more of a “don’t let Mexico get revenge” type of scenario. If the ‘Yanks’ pull a point out of Azteca, they will be jubilant. Moreover, Mexico knows they will be handling the ball for long periods in this game, which is why the 4-2-3-1 should be pivotal. Aquino, Giovani, and Guardado will be in charge of creating the chances, and hopefully find a flustered American defense at their mercy.
Lastly, if Mexico see’s itself with a lead, specifically around the 70th minute, Chepo must throw in a 5-4-1 formation. The substitutions during the Honduras match still has fans scratching their heads. A lead around this point of the match would be a perfect time to see Reyes make his WCQ debut. Mexico can still hold possession, all while having the safety of the extra defender.
Mexico vs USA will begin on Tuesday (3/26) at 10:30 EST. It is the ‘Clásico’ of the CONCACAF, and both teams/fanbases have been waiting for this game for a long time.
…oh and tickets have sold-out. So expect the Azteca to be rocking!
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