Copa Libertadores update: Club Tijuana continues their run by advancing out of group stages. They collected a draw on the road against San José of Bolivia. Toluca had a very poor showing in this years cup. They were routed 4-0 by Uruguay’s Nacional. Toluca will not advance, claiming third in their group.
Both Monterrey and Santos both won their CONCACAF Champions league games. Santos got a 1-0 victory over Seattle on the road, with a late goal by Herculez Gomez. Monterrey came back to beat the LA Galaxy with a final of 2-1. Goals came from Chupete Suazo and Aldo de Nigris. Santos Laguna will return home to play Seattle on April 9th for the second leg of the semifinals. Monterrey will play LA at home in Mexico on April 10th.
Chivas youngsters and Mexican nationals Marco Fabián and Chaton Enriquez suffered injuries during last weeks match against Club América. Fabián was taken off with an ankle injury, and should be out for 2-3 weeks. Chaton suffered an ugly knee dislocation. Thankfully no serious damage was done, and he may be able to return within a month.
Mexico will face Peru on April 17 in a Non-FIFA date friendly. All players called will be from Liga MX. We will give you the roster call ups once they are released for the game. Who do you think deserves a a spot against Peru?
The CONCACAF has decided to change the format of the Gold cup. Now the winner of the 2013 and 2015 versions will have a playoff to see who will represent the region in the 2017 Confederations cup (Russia).
Mexico’s U-17 opened World cup qualification with a monstrous 5-1 drubbing of Cuba. Mexico is in group D with Cuba and Honduras. Their next match will be on April 11against the Hondurans.
Lastly, our friends at Pancho Villa’s army continue to make strides in fan networking. Many chapters/veiwing parties have already been set up around the country. A Los Angeles chapter in currently in the works. You can follow PVA on facebook at www.facebook.com/PanchoVillasArmy and on twitter @VillasArmy.
November FIFA rankings catapult Mexico to 14; Elo at 8.
Now onto the big updated on Hexagonal World cup qualifying. Here is Mexico’s schedule…
February 6th, 2013: Mexico vs Jamaica (in Mexico) March 22nd, 2013: Honduras vs Mexico (in Honduras) March 26th, 2013: Mexico vs USA (in Mexico) June 4th, 2013: Jamaica vs Mexico (in Jamaica) June 7th, 2013: Panama vs Mexico (in Panama) June 11th, 2013: Mexico vs Costa Rica (in Mexico) September 6th, 2013: Mexico vs Honduras (in Mexico) September 10th, 2013: USA vs Mexico (in USA) October 11th, 2013: Mexico vs Panama (in Mexico) October 15th, 2013: Costa Rica vs Mexico (in Costa Rica)
The schedule looks pretty solid for Mexico. I personally think Jamaica at home is the best way to kick off the final round. 2013 will be a very big year for our beloved El Tri, but i think we are going to be very happy. I believe management needs to relay one message; “Line em’ up and knock em’ down.” The ball is in Mexico’s court and there is no reason we cannot finish top of the region.
El Tri will be back in action this Friday, and there are some questions the squad will need to answer. It is easy to look at the line-up and wonder how Mexico will approach this road WCQ. Firstly, who is going to make a name for themselves? There will be 8 names on the roster from the Olympics, which means the Gold medal party is officially over. I say the two guys who need to make the biggest impact are; Marco Fabian and Javier Aquino. Aquino will be taking over for Barrera on the wing (since he is out with an injury). This is his opportunity to show he belongs in the starting line-up. I have become a huge Aquino supporter, and his great performance in the Olympics was a huge revelation. Marco will finally get his very long awaited premiere with the national team. He did join the Mexico squads for Copa America, and the domestic side that played Venezuela, but never the full squad. I think all of us El Tri fans are very excited for his first official appearance. His role is to shake up the defense, and keep the attack fresh. Finishing was a major problem in the U.S. friendly, so look for Mexico to try to change their fortune with some of the new additions.
As any CONCACAF team knows, Costa Rica can match-up with almost anyone in their home. Their brand new stadium has already witnessed ‘Los Ticos’ go toe-to-toe with Spain (2-2 draw). The Costa Rica fans are very passionate, but I don’t believe El Tri has anywhere as many problems as say in El Salvador. Costa Rica will have a lot of great players on the pitch, and Mexico cannot sleep at any point in the match. Lead or not, World cup qualifying is where every team gives it their all. Mexico will be able to sleep sound walking away with a draw in such a difficult environment, because four days later Costa Rica visits Estadio Azteca. Mexico’s World cup qualifying will kick off at 10:05 p.m. EST.
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