Ahead of September’s World Cup qualifying games, Mexico has launched another campaign in an attempt to quiet the homophobic goal-kick chant that is ubiquitous in its stadiums.
With the general “Abrazados por el Fútbol” (Embraced by Soccer) campaign, and the “Ya Párale” (Stop It Now) campaign – aimed specifically at ending the now infamous chant – not having an apparent effect, the newest effort is #GritaMéxico (Shout “Mexico”).
Momento de demostrar que tenemos la mejor afición…
The roster is missing some familiar names, with Oribe Peralta and Carlos Salcedo injured and Rafa Márquez dealing with his legal troubles. Miguel Layún, who is having trouble finding minutes with Porto, is also a notable absence. On the other hand, Jesús Manuel Corona is back on the roster after “Tecatito” missed the Confederations Cup for personal reasons.
After a surprise loss to Jamaica in the semifinals of the 2017 Gold Cup, Mexico will now look ahead to the resumption of World Cup qualifying in September.
El Tri was eliminated in the semifinal round of both of their summer competitions, the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup, and playing in both tournaments meant Juan Carlos Osorio had to make some difficult roster decisions to balance Mexico’s commitments.
FIFA has released the latest list of sanctions for incidents in recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, and, as has become customary, Mexico is once again present due to homophobic chanting.
The latest round of disciplinary action was announced on Thursday, with Mexico receiving 10,000 Swiss Francs in fines plus a warning for “improper conduct among spectators (homophobic chant)” for each of their June qualifiers: June 8th against Honduras and June 11th against the United States.
Mexico remained unbeaten but left fans frustrated as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with the United States on Sunday night.
The quick turnaround, with this game moved up due to Mexico’s upcoming participation in the Confederations Cup, resulted in a number of changes to both starting lineups. Nevertheless, the game started at a high intensity and there were a number of fouls in the opening minutes. Carlos Salcedo was perhaps lucky to remain on the field after nailing Bobby Wood with an elbow during a 3rd minute aerial challenge.
Then, in the 6th minute, Michael Bradley silenced the crowd in the Azteca when he won the ball in midfield, saw Memo Ochoa off his line, and chipped the keeper from distance to give the U.S. an extremely rare lead on Mexican soil.
One of the biggest games of the Hex is fast approaching, with Mexico hosting the U.S. in the Estadio Azteca this Sunday. The game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was moved up to accommodate Mexico’s participation in the Confederations Cup.
Both teams are coming off wins on Thursday, with the U.S. beating Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 and Mexico seeing off Honduras 3-0.
El Tri will look to keep their unbeaten record alive, while the U.S. will look to shock their rival with a positive result. Mexico is currently first in the standings with 13 points, while the U.S. is third with seven.
Mexico remained in first place in the Hexagonal standings with a 3-0 victory against Honduras. The win also keeps El Tri unbeaten in qualifying, while the Catrachos now have just one victory in five games.
Honduras came to the Estadio Azteca looking to sit back, defend, and escape with a goalless draw, but Mexico’s quality made that an unlikely proposition. It did take El Tri a while to open the scoring, but they looked dangerous from the beginning as they created a number of early chances.
Mexico will host Honduras this Thursday in the first of two home World Cup qualifiers as the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF qualifying continues.
El Tri is currently sitting top of the table with 10 points from their previous four matches – three wins and a draw keeping Mexico unbeaten to date – while Honduras is penultimate with four points after a win, a draw, and two losses.
Mexico has the best defensive record in the Hex, with just one goal allowed, while Honduras has allowed nine – with six of those coming in the Catrachos’ lone road game.
Mexico has confirmed their 29-man roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and the U.S.
There are just four changes to the original 32-man roster announced several weeks ago, with Raúl López (Pachuca), Erick Gutiérrez (Pachuca), and Elías Hernández (León) departing after El Tri’s friendlies against Croatia and Ireland. In addition to those departures, the injured José de Jesús Corona was replaced by Rodolfo Cota.