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International Friendly: Mexico vs Ecuador – Where to Watch

el triMexico will finish their Gold Cup preparations with a friendly against Ecuador this Sunday.

El Tri earned a 3-1 victory against Venezuela in their last friendly to keep them perfect this year.

Ecuador drew Venezuela 1-1 in their most recent friendly, on June 1st, which kept La Tricolor winless in three. They’ll hope for a better result here to build confidence ahead of the Cops América.

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Copa América: Mexico vs Ecuador – Recap and Highlights

copa america chileMexico fell 2-1 to Ecuador in their final game of the group stage, a result that eliminates El Tri from the competition. Mexico’s main focus this summer has always been July’s Gold Cup, but Miguel Herrera nevertheless said his team would compete for the title in Chile. After being eliminated in the group stage after failing to win a single game, Mexico’s Copa América campaign cannot be viewed as anything other than a failure.

On the other hand, Ecuador recovered from two straight defeats to pick up a valuable win that keeps them in the running for a spot in the knockout rounds, although they will have to wait for other results to see if they can qualify as one of the two best third-placed teams.

Ecuador got on the way to their first victory of the tournament with a goal from Miller Bolaños in the 26th minute, and Mexico would trail for the rest of the game. Mexico nearly opened the scoring just minutes before that, when Vicente Matías Vuoso’s curling shot ended just wide of the net, but Ecuador responded quickly. Enner Valencia’s initial shot was blocked, but the ball fell nicely for Bolaños at the back post.

Ecuador continued to press for more goals, and Walter Ayoví had a great chance near the end of the half, only for the offside flag to go up. In the second half, the Ecuadorians made it 2-0, with Valencia getting on the scoresheet. A bad turnover in their own half put Mexico under pressure, and Bolaños played Valencia in.

Mexico managed to reduce the deficit from the penalty spot after Gabriel Achilier was sanctioned for climbing over Hugo Ayala on a corner kick. Raúl Jiménez converted the spot kick to make it 2-1 and bring Mexico back into the game, but El Tri never looked likely to find a second.

The night went from bad to worse late on when “el Piojo” Herrera was ejected from the sideline in the 70th minute. Sitting in the stands, the coach could only watch as his team was eliminated from the competition.

Highlights

Lineups

Mexico: José de Jesús Corona, Julio César Domínguez, Hugo Ayala, Juan Carlos Medina, Gerardo Flores, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Javier Güemez (Marco Fabián 52′), Efraín Velarde (Javier Aquino 46′), Jesús Manuel Corona (Eduardo Herrera 62′), Raúl Jiménez, Vicente Matías Vuoso.

Ecuador: Alexander Domínguez, Juan Carlos Paredes, Gabriel Achilier, Arturo Mina, Renato Ibarra (Juan Cazares 78′), Walter Ayoví, Cristian Noboa, Osbaldo Lastra, Jefferson Montero (Fidel Martínez 91′), Enner Valencia, Miller Bolaños.

Group Table – Group A

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Chile 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4
Bolivia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
Ecuador 3 1 0 2 4 6 -2 3
Mexico 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Copa América: Mexico vs Ecuador – Where to Watch

copa america chileIn their final group stage match, Mexico and Ecuador will both be looking for their first win. Mexico drew both of their previous matches, 0-0 against Bolivia and 3-3 against Chile, while Ecuador lost theirs, 2-0 to Chile and 3-2 to Ecuador. Despite that, both teams still have a chance to qualify to the knockout rounds with a win here.

A loss or draw would eliminate Ecuador; a loss would eliminate Mexico, but a draw might be enough to advance them as one of the two best third-place teams. However, a win would virtually guarantee advancement, and that’s what El Tri will be looking for here.

Copa América – Group Stage
Friday, June 19
Mexico vs Ecuador – 5:00 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

Liga MX in the Copa América: Ecuador, Game 2

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

flag ecuadorEcuador – Group A

Ecuador is having a nightmare Copa América with two straight losses, including tonight’s shock loss to Bolivia. Two of Ecuador’s Liga MX-based players started this game, with Pachuca’s Walter Ayoví going the distance and Pumas UNAM’s Fidel Martínez making way for Renato Ibarra at halftime.

Bolivia earned their first Copa América win since 1997 with a 3-2 triumph over Ecuador. The Bolivians jumped out to a 3-0 lead, with Ecuador’s comeback attempt ultimately falling just short.

Ronald Raldes got Bolivia off to the best possible start when he headed home a corner kick in the 5th minute after Ecuador had left him unmarked. Martin Smedberg-Dalance added a second in the 18th minute.

Enner Valencia had the chance to get La Tri back in it from the penalty spot, but his initial successful attempt was ordered to be retaken due to encroachment, and his second attempt was saved by the keeper.

Marcelo Moreno made no mistake with a penalty of his own on the other end of the field, which gave the Bolivians the 3-0 lead in the 43rd minute.

In the second half, Valencia reduced the deficit before a long-range goal from Miller Bolaños gave Ecuador hope of an equalizer. That hope was never realized, despite Ecuador ending up with the lion’s share of possession. La Tri must now win their final game against Mexico to have a chance to qualify to the knockout rounds as one of the two best third-placed teams.

León’s Jonathan González did not play.

Group A Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Chile 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4
Bolivia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
Mexico 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2
Ecuador 2 0 0 2 2 5 -3 0

Next game: vs Mexico – Friday, June 19th – 5:00 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

Liga MX in the Copa América: Ecuador, Game 1

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

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Ecuador – Group A

Ecuador has three Mexico-based players on their 23-man roster, and two of them started this game, against the hosts, Chile.

Pachuca’s Walter Ayoví played all 90 minutes for “La Tricolor” while Pumas UNAM’s Fidel Martínez was substituted out in the 79th minute as Ecuador fell 2-0 to Chile on Thursday evening. Martínez also received a yellow card, in the 24th minute.

Ecuador’s defense held firm against the hosts as they looked to spoil Chile’s debut until referee Néstor Pitana called a penalty kick in the 66th minute. Arturo Vidal went down right on the edge of the box after a run in with Christian Noboa, and then he got up and converted the penalty kick to give Chile the lead.

Ecuador was unable to respond after falling behind, and the Chileans sealed the victory with a second goal in the 84th minute. Alexis Sánchez assisted Eduardo Vargas, who made no mistake with his finish.

León’s Jonathan González did not play.

Group A Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Chile 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bolivia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecuador 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0

Next game: vs Bolivia – Monday, June 15th – 5:00 PM – BeIN Sports / BeIN Español

Mexico vs Ecuador – Recap and Highlights

el triThe Mexican national team took on Ecuador in California on Saturday night in El Tri’s first game of 2015, and they walked away with a narrow 1-0 victory. An early goal by Javier Hernández stood up thanks to some excellent goalkeeping by José de Jesús Corona, who even saved a penalty kick en route to recording a shutout.

Ecuador, which celebrated Walter Ayoví’s 100th cap in the pregame ceremonies, dominated the opening minutes of play, but without an end product. The Ecuadorians would finish the game with more shots and more shots on goal than Mexico, but they were never able to get past Corona.

The opening goal would come for Mexico against the run of play in the 14th minute. Javier Hernández won the ball from Frickson Erazo and drove in towards the box, sending his shot into the left-hand corner and in off the post.

It was Chicharito’s 39th goal for the Mexican national team, which tied him with Cuauhtémoc Blanco for second on the list of all-time goalscorers, behind Jared Borgetti, who scored 46 times in his 89 caps.

Mexico’s defense was a bit shaky in the absence of such veteran stalwarts as Rafa Márquez (injury) and “Maza” Rodríguez (family reasons), with Diego Reyes and Hugo Ayala in particular raising some doubts. Jesús Corona stole the show in goal for Mexico, covering for his defenders time and again with a series of impressive saves.

Ecuador had more possession and did well enough with it, stringing together attacks and getting into Mexico’s defensive third consistently. It looked like they would find the goal they had been threatening to score in the 71st minute, when Diego Reyes was called for a foul on Ángel Mena in the box.

Referee Christopher Reid pointed to the spot and Miller Bolaños stepped up to take the penalty kick. Ecuador was denied once again, though, as Corona cemented his man-of-the-match performance with yet another save.

El Tri had a handful of chances to add to their lead, but Corona wasn’t the only goalkeeper in good form tonight. Alex Domínguez was alert and came off his line well on several occasions to snuff out chances, and he also made a pair of saves late on to keep his team in the game.

In the end, Mexico got off to a winning start in 2015, and if the win was a little unconvincing at times, well, they still have time to straighten things out before a busy summer of international competitions.

Mexico and Ecuador will face off again in one of those competitions, the Copa América, where they are in Group A along with Chile and Bolivia. In the meantime, Mexico has another international friendly three days from now, against Paraguay in Kansas City on Tuesday, March 31st.

Highlights

Lineups

Mexico: José de Jesús Corona, Paul Aguilar, Hugo Ayala, Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Héctor Herrera (Jürgen Damm 84′), José Juan Vázquez (Javier Güemez 73′), Andrés Guardado, Giovani dos Santos (Raúl Jiménez 75′), Javier Hernández (Eduardo Herrera 93′).

Ecuador: Alexander Domínguez, Juan Carlos Paredes (Joao Rojas 80′), Arturo Mina, Frickson Erazo, Walter Ayoví, Enner Valencia, Cristian Noboa, Osbaldo Lastra, Jefferson Montero (Ángel Mena 43′), Felipe Salvador Caicedo (Fidel Martínez 74′), Miller Bolaños.

Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs Ecuador

el triMiguel Herrera has released El Tri’s starting lineup for this Saturday’s friendly against Ecuador, and Jesús Corona will be starting in goal. After Guillermo Ochoa had a great World Cup for Mexico, it looked like the never ending goalkeeper debate had finally been laid to rest. But Ochoa hasn’t played for his club team, Malaga, in months, which has allowed the in-form Corona – the undisputed starter with his club, Cruz Azul – to once again attempt to claim the starting spot ahead of this summer’s Gold Cup and Copa América.

With those tournaments in mind, Herrera stated that each goalkeeper would start one friendly – one against Ecuador, one against Paraguay – but he hadn’t initially decided which keeper would play which game. Corona gets the nod for the first game, against an opponent that El Tri will be facing in the Copa América this summer.

Herrera is sticking with his usual 5-3-2 formation, and lining up in front of Corona will be a five-man backline of Paul Aguilar, Hugo Ayala, Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, and Miguel Layún. In front of them will be a midfield trio of Héctor Herrera, José Juan Vázquez, and Andrés Guardado, with Giovani dos Santos and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández as the strike pair.

Mexico vs Ecuador: Where to Watch

el triThe Mexican national team is taking on their Ecuadorian counterpart in Los Angeles, California, on March 28th in El Tri’s first friendly of 2015.

The last time these two faced off was May 31, 2014, in a World Cup warm-up that Mexico won 3-1. The lasting memory from that game is a bitter one, however, as Mexico’s Luis Montes and Ecuador’s Segundo Castillo suffered serious injuries in a clash that left Montes with a broken leg and Castillo with a torn ACL. Neither player is on the roster for this weekend’s game.

Mexico will be wearing their new jerseys for the first time in this friendly, which will feature some familiar foes. Liga MX players Fidel Martínez (Leones Negros), Walter Ayoví (Pachuca), and Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul) were all called up for Ecuador.

International Friendly – Where to Watch
Saturday, March 28
Mexico vs Ecuador – 9:30 PM EDT – ESPN2 / Unimás / Univision Deportes
Online via WatchESPN and Univision’s Deportes En Vivo

Fancisco Rodríguez Withdraws from Mexico Roster

el triDefender Francisco Javier “Maza” Rodríguez was absent from Cruz Azul’s Jornada 11 game against Tijuana due to a family problem, which will now cause him to miss Mexico’s friendlies with Ecuador and Paraguay.

The national team is gathering at a hotel by Mexico City’s international airport in preparation for their trip to Los Angeles, California, on Monday afternoon. The Mexican Football Federation published a press release noting that Rodríguez has been in “constant communication” with Miguel Herrera and Héctor González Iñárritu and together they “determined that Francisco will not make the trip and will focus on his family.”

No one has been called up to replace Rodríguez, which leaves 24 players on the roster for the March 28th game against Ecuador and the March 31st game against Paraguay.

The complete, updated roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers (2): Guillermo Ochoa (Málaga), José de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul).

Defenders (9): Paul Aguilar (América), Osvaldo Alanís (Santos Laguna), Adrián Aldrete (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Julio César Domínguez (Cruz Azul), Miguel Layún (Watford), Héctor Moreno (Espanyol), Diego Reyes (Porto), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL).

Midfielders (9): José de Jesús Corona (Twente), Jürgan Damm (Pachuca), Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas) Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres UANL), Andrés Guardado (PSV), Héctor Herrera (Porto), José Juan Vázquez (León), Javier Güemez (Tijuana).

Forwards (4): Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Javier Hernández (Real Madrid), Eduardo Herrera (Pumas UNAM), Raúl Jiménez (Atlético Madrid).

Mexico Releases Full Roster for March Friendlies

A week after Mexico released the list of European-based call-ups for March friendlies against Ecuador and Paraguay, the roster has been filled out with Liga MX-based players.

Fourteen players from Mexico’s first division were added to the previously announced eleven names to bring the roster to 25. Miguel Herrera called up some familiar faces – such as Paul Aguilar and Jesús Corona – as well as bringing in some more surprising names, such as Jesús Dueñas and Eduardo Herrera.

The complete 25-man roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers (2): Guillermo Ochoa (Málaga), José de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul).

Defenders (10): Paul Aguilar (América), Osvaldo Alanís (Santos Laguna), Adrián Aldrete (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Julio César Domínguez (Cruz Azul), Miguel Layún (Watford), Héctor Moreno (Espanyol), Diego Reyes (Porto), Francisco Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL).

Midfielders (9): José de Jesús Corona (Twente), Jürgan Damm (Pachuca), Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas), (Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres UANL), Andrés Guardado (PSV), Héctor Herrera (Porto), José Juan Vázquez (León), Javier Güemez (Tijuana).

Forwards (4): Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Javier Hernández (Real Madrid), Eduardo Herrera (Pumas UNAM), Raúl Jiménez (Atlético Madrid).

Update: Francisco Rodríguez has withdrawn from the roster due for family reasons. 

Mexico will face Ecuador on March 28th in the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, and then will take on Paraguay in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 31st.