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CONCACAF Cup: U.S. vs Mexico – Where to Watch

concacaf cupThe U.S. and Mexico will renew their heated rivalry on Saturday evening in the Rose Bowl in a one-game playoff for a ticket to the 2017 Confederations Cup.

The U.S. and Mexico earned their spots in the playoff as the winners of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups, respectively. In the past, the winner of the Gold Cup prior to the Confederations Cup would automatically become the CONCACAF representative in that tournament, but in an effort to boost interest in the Gold Cup in the “off years”, CONCACAF introduced the playoff scheme in April 2013.

“This innovative resolution will allow the champion of every single Gold Cup edition to have the same competitive opportunity to represent CONCACAF at the international level,” explained then-president Jeffrey Webb.

Both teams have had mixed results in recent games, with Mexico drawing Trinidad and Tobago 3-3 and Argentina 2-2 in their September friendlies, while the U.S. defeated Peru 2-1 but fell 4-1 to Brazil in their own friendlies last month.

All attention will now be fixed on the sold-out Rose Bowl on Saturday as the U.S. and Mexico will once again look to show who is the best in CONCACAF.

CONCACAF Cup – Confederations Cup Playoff
Saturday, October 10
United States vs Mexico – 9:30 PM – Fox Sports 1 / Univision / Univision Deportes / Online

Monterrey vs Puebla – Jornada 2 Recap and Highlights

monterrey pueblaMonterrey and Puebla took advantage of the FIFA break to finally play their Jornada 2 match, which was originally scheduled for August 1st. Monterrey took the lead but failed to hold it as Puebla scored a last-minute goal to tie the game 1-1.

The draw keeps Monterrey unbeaten at home this season, although they have drawn more home matches than they have won, and the result provides Puebla with a hugely valuable point in the relegation fight.

With Jonathan Orozco away with the Mexican national team and backup goalkeeper Juan de Dios Ibarra injured, Monterrey debuted 19-year-old Edson Reséndez in goal – and he came within minutes of earning a shutout.

Puebla tested the young keeper early on, with a shot from Flavio Santos that Reséndez did well to save in just the third minute. Puebla dominated the opening half-hour of the game, but they were unable to turn their possession into goals.

Then, on the stroke of halftime, Monterrey struck. Rogelio Funes Mori used his speed to run on to a long pass and into the box, and then he beat his defender and sent the ball to the far post to give the Rayados the 1-0 lead.

Puebla pressed forward throughout the second half, knowing that they needed at least a point to keep some breathing space between themselves and their relegation rivals, but they were denied again and again. Meanwhile, Monterrey looked to extend their lead via the counterattack, but they were stymied by the offside flag on several occasions.

Then, in the 89th minute, Puebla earned a free kick. Ezequiel Rescaldani headed the ball back across the box and Luis Gabriel Rey was there to fire home the tying goal.

With the 1-1 draw, Monterrey reaches 16 points while Puebla reaches 19.



Monterrey: Edson Reséndez, Ricardo Osorio, José María Basanta, César Montes, Efraín Juárez, Luis Pérez, Dorlan Pabón (Jesús Zavala 86′), Walter Gargano, Cándido Ramírez (Severo Meza 55′), Rogelio Funes Mori, Santiago Rivera (Pablo Barrera 59′).

Puebla: Fabián Villaseñor, Óscar Rojas, Robert Herrera, Patricio Araujo (Ramón Arias 29′), Carlos Gutiérrez, Francisco Torres, Luis Robles, David Toledo, Flavio Santos (Isaác Díaz 69′), Alberto Acosta (Ezequiel Rescaldani 85′), Luis Gabriel Rey.

CONCACAF Cup: Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs the U.S.

el triA day before the crucial CONCACAF Cup match between Mexico and the United States, Ricardo Ferretti’s starting lineup has been revealed by Claro Sports.

Ferretti has chosen to change formations after he tried out a five-man backline in last month’s friendly against Argentina. El Tri will revert to a four-man backline for this game, lining up in a 4-3-3 with Moisés Muñoz in goal.

The defense will be made up of Miguel Layún, Héctor Moreno, Diego Reyes, and Paul Aguilar, with the midfield trio consisting of Héctor Herrera, Andrés Guardado, and Rafael Márquez. The three-pronged attack will be made up by Raúl Jiménez, Oribe Peralta, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.

Darío Benedetto Receives Mexican Citizenship

Argentinian-born Darío Benedetto has received his Mexican citizenship and is now one step closer to making his dream of playing for El Tri a reality. Benedetto, 25, has played in Mexico since 2013, first with Tijuana and currently with América.

His naturalization frees up a foreign roster spot for the Águilas, although they will not be able to use it until the Clausura season as rosters are frozen for the rest of the Apertura. Benedetto, who has seven goals to his name so far this season, will now continue to make his case for inclusion on the national team.

The striker posted a picture of his naturalization papers on Twitter with the caption “Proud to be Mexican!!!!”

Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs Canada – Where to Watch

olympic qualifyingThe Mexican U-23s face their Canadian counterparts in the most crucial match of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. The winner of this semifinal earns an automatic berth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, while the loser will face a third-place game and then, potentially, an intercontinental playoff against Colombia.

Mexico went 3-0-0 in Group B, defeating Costa Rica (4-0), Haiti (1-0), and Honduras (2-1), while Canada went 1-1-1 in Group A, defeating Panama (3-1), drawing Cuba (2-2), and falling to the United States (3-1). El Tri will be the favorite in this game, but anything can happen in ninety minutes.

Mexico vs Canada is the second semifinal of the day taking place in Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, as part of a doubleheader. The winner of this match, in addition to earning a spot in the Olympics, will face the winner of the U.S./Honduras game in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying final on Tuesday.

2016 Olympic Qualifying – Semifinals
Saturday, October 10
Mexico U-23s vs Canada U-23s – 6:00 PM – Telemundo / Online

Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs Honduras – Recap and Highlights

olympic qualifyingThe Mexican U-23 team defeated their Honduran counterparts 2-1 to lock up first place in Group B in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying. In the crucial semifinal stage on Saturday, Mexico will face Canada while Honduras will take on the United States.

Tonight’s game couldn’t have started off much better for Mexico – or much worse for Honduras. In just the second minute of the match, Allans Vargas was shown a straight red card by referee Armando Villareal after a foul on Marco Bueno. Raúl López then put the ensuing free kick into the back of the net to give Mexico the 1-0 lead.

With an extra man and the confidence of having the lead, El Tri created a number of opportunities. But shots from Jordan Silva, “Cubo” Torres, and Hirving Lozano all failed to find their mark.

Then, in the 59th minute, 10-man Honduras struck to tie the game. Alberth Elis ran on to a through ball, drove into the box, and beat Manuel Lajud to make it 1-1. That was the first goal Mexico had given up during this tournament.

But just five minutes after Honduras’s goal, Mexico restored their lead. Cubo Torres received a pass from Víctor Guzmán in the center of the box, controlled the ball, and fired it home to make it 2-1 and keep Mexico perfect through three games.

With the 2-1 win, Mexico reaches nine points while Honduras remains on six.



Mexico: Manuel Lajud, Erick Aguirre, Jordan Silva, Carlos Salcedo (Hedgardo Marín 74′), Rodolfo Pizarro, Raúl López (Alfonso Tamay 80′), Erick Gutiérrez, Víctor Guzmán, Hirving Lozano (Daniel Álvarez 73′), Marco Bueno, Erick Torres. 

Honduras: Harold Fonseca, José Barralaga, Allans Vargas, Jhonatan Paz, Marcelo Pereira, Klifox Bernárdez, Allan Banegas, Rodolfo Espinal (Joshua Nieto 76′), Jhow Benavídez (Óscar Salas 50′), Alberth Elis, Kevin López (Darwin Espinal 65′). 

Group Table – Group B

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Mexico 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9
2 Honduras 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3 Haiti 0 1 2 1 3 -2 1
4 Costa Rica 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1

Monterrey vs Puebla – Where to Watch

liga mxLiga MX is on hiatus this weekend due to the FIFA break, which means there is space in the schedule for Monterrey and Puebla to finally play their postponed Jornada 2 match.

Monterrey (11th) crushed León 4-0 last weekend and the Rayados are unbeaten at home this season, with two wins and three draws in the new Estadio BBVA Bancomer. Another win here would lift Monterrey into the top eight in the table and put them into the playoff conversation as the season begins to wind down.

As for Puebla (7th), the Poblanos fell 1-3 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to end a two-game winning streak, and Puebla will be without goalkeeper Cristian Campestrini for this match after he was red-carded against Morelia. They will be anxious to get back to winning ways here, though, especially given their precarious position in the relegation standings.

Rescheduled Jornada 2 Game
Friday, October 9
Monterrey vs Puebla – 9:30 PM – Univision Deportes

Juan Carlos Osorio to Coach Mexico

el triSão Paulo FC, where Juan Carlos Osorio has coached since June, announced on Tuesday that Osorio “confirmed that he is leaving the position of coach of our team to manage the Mexican National Team during qualifying for the next World Cup.”

There has not yet been any official confirmation of that move from the Mexican Football Federation (FMF). However, Mexico’s director of national teams, Santiago Banos, had previously stated that he wished to have a new coach by the end of the week.

Ricardo Ferretti, the current interim coach, had only agreed to manage the team through an October 13th friendly with Panama. With World Cup qualifying beginning in November, El Tri needs a permanent coach sooner rather than later.

Osorio coached briefly in Mexico, managing Puebla for a handful of games, but has found the most success in his native Colombia, where he won four league titles with two clubs. He has also coached in Major League Soccer (where he oversaw one of the worst seasons in league history at the head of the New York Red Bulls). Mexico will be his first national team assignment; although he was named as coach of the Honduran national team in 2011, he was unable to get out of his contract with Once Caldas and as a result, Honduras looked elsewhere.

Dos Santos, Vázquez Out of CONCACAF Cup

el triMexico will be without Giovani dos Santos and José Juan Vázquez for Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup match against the United States due to injury.

Dos Santos was injured during the L.A. Galaxy’s game on Sunday, picking up a muscular injury that will keep him out of the Confederations Cup playoff. Javier Güemez of Club América replaced Dos Santos on the roster.

“Gallito” Váquez will also be absent due to muscular complaints. He reported to the training camp with pain in his left thigh and right calf, and after an MRI it was determined that he should continue his rehab with his club team, León. He was replaced on the roster by teammate Elías Hernández.

Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs Honduras – Where to Watch

olympic qualifyingThe Mexican U-23 team has already guaranteed a spot in the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, as has their opponent, Honduras.

The two teams are now playing for first in the group; the winner will play Canada in the semifinals, while the loser will face the U.S.

Neither Mexico nor Honduras has allowed a single goal this tournament, as both teams defeated Costa Rica and Haiti via shutout. Mexico currently tops Group B based on goal difference, which is +5 to Honduras’s +3, meaning that even a draw will be enough to secure first in the group.

Mexico and Honduras will face off in Dick’s Sporting Good Park in Commerce City, Colorado, on Wednesday night, in the final game of this tournament’s group stage.

2016 Olympic Qualifying – Group Stage
Wednesday, October 7
Mexico U-23s vs Honduras U-23s – 9:30 PM – NBC Universo / Online