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Confederations Cup: Portugal vs Mexico – Where to Watch

Mexico’s 2017 Confederations Cup campaign gets underway this Sunday with a Group A match-up against Portugal. Their group mates – hosts Russia and New Zealand – will play the first game of the tournament this Saturday.

Portugal with star Cristiano Ronaldo are among the favorites to make a run in the Cup, but Mexico will look to derail the Europeans with a positive result in this one.

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FIFA to Introduce Three-Strike System at Confederations Cup

In a bid to quell fears related to racism and discrimination in Russia ahead of next summer’s World Cup, FIFA will introduce a three-step system at the Confederations Cup aimed at discouraging such behavior.

The system gives referees the authority to stop games if discriminatory chants or behavior occurs.

The first step is a stadium announcement demanding such behavior stop; if it continues, the referee may stop the game until the behavior subsides. If it still continues, the referee may suspend or abandon the game entirely.

It is unclear how the outcome of an abandoned game would be decided should it come to that.

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Mexico Announces Confederations Cup Roster

Juan Carlos Osorio has announced Mexico’s 23-man roster for the 2017 Confederations Cup. The Confederations Cup will be held in Russia between June 17th and July 2nd, and El Tri was drawn into Group A with Portugal, New Zealand, and the host nation.

The roster features nine players from Liga MX, one from MLS, and 13 europeos. The most-represented club is Porto, which has sent three players; from within Liga MX, Atlas and Chivas both provided two players.

The complete 23-man roster is as follows:

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Mexico Announces Roster for May/June Matches

The Mexican national team is about to enter a very busy stretch, beginning with two friendlies, then two World Cup qualifiers, and then the 2017 Confederations Cup – followed, later this summer, by the Gold Cup.

Juan Carlos Osorio has released a list of 32 players who will take part in Mexico’s upcoming matches, although not all 32 will join the camp – set to begin May 21st – at the same time, with club commitments delaying the arrival of several.

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CONCACAF Cup: Mexico vs the U.S. – Recap and Highlights

concacaf cupMexico twice took and lost the lead before a 118th-minute strike from Paul Aguilar gave them the 3-2 victory over the U.S. in the CONCACAF Cup. The victory sends Mexico to the 2017 Confederations Cup as the CONCACAF representative.

Mexico opened the scoring early on. In the 10th minute, Oribe Peralta took the ball into the box and sent a cross in for Javier Hernández, who beat Brad Guzan to make it 1-0. It was Chicharito’s first-ever goal against the U.S.

El Tri was dominating possession and chances, but then in the 15th minute, the U.S. got back into it from a set piece. Michael Bradley swung in a free kick and Geoff Cameron met it with a powerful header to tie the game at 1-1.

Both sides had chances to take the lead, but the draw lasted through halftime. There was some excitement in the 34th minute, when a confrontation between Oribe Peralta and Brad Guzan sparked a shoving match involving the majority of both teams.

Mexico completely dominated the entirety of the second half, but despite all of their possession, they could not find a second goal. With the scoreline still 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match went to extra time.

Five minutes into overtime, Oribe Peralta restored Mexico’s lead. Paul Aguilar cut the ball back towards the penalty spot, and Peralta sent the ball through Cameron’s legs and past Guzan to make it 2-1.

Once again, the U.S. fought back to equalize. Substitute Bobby Wood finished off a pass from fellow sub DeAndre Yedlin in the 108th minute to level the match once more. But just as it seemed penalties were inevitable, Raúl Jiménez pounced on a poor clearance and sent the ball back into the box for Aguilar, whose volley gave Mexico the definitive 3-2 lead.



Mexico: Moisés Muñoz, Miguel Layún, Héctor Moreno, Diego Reyes, Paul Aguilar, Andrés Guardado (Javier Güemez 79′), Rafael Márquez (José Arturo Rivas 75′), Héctor Herrera, Raúl Jiménez, Javier Hernández (Jesús Manuel Corona 96′), Oribe Peralta. 

U.S.: Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson (Brad Evans 110′), Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones, Gyasi Zardes (DeAndre Yedlin 77′), Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore (Bobby Wood 97′). 

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.

CONCACAF Cup: Mexico vs the U.S. – 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

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.

Mexico Releases Roster for Confederations Cup Playoff

el triMexico and the U.S., the winners of the 2015 and 2013 Gold Cups, respectively, will face off in a one-off game on October 10th to determine which nation will represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti has already released his roster for the game, which is being called the CONCACAF Cup. The list contains 25 names, including the injured Rafael Márquez and Andrés Guardado, but must be reduced to 23 players before the actual game. Márquez and Guardado will be evaluated by national team doctors this weekend before Ferretti names his final 23-man roster on Monday.

Goalkeepers (3): Moisés Muñoz (América), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey).

Defenders (9): Rafael Márquez (Hellas Verona), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad), Miguel Herrera (Pachuca), Héctor Moreno (PSV), José Rivas (Tigres UANL), Paul Aguilar (América), Israel Jiménez (Tigres UANL), Miguel Layún (Porto), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL).

Midfielders (8): José Juan Vázquez (León), Jonathan dos Santos (Villareal), Héctor Herrera (Porto), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Andrés Guardado (PSV), Javier Aquino (Tigres UANL), Carlos Peña (León), Jesús Manuel Corona (Porto).

Forwards (4): Javier Hernández (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Oribe Peralta (América), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Giovani dos Santos (L.A. Galaxy).