In their second September friendly, Mexico will face the U.S. at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Tuesday evening.
Both Mexico and the U.S. were in action last Friday, and both CONCACAF teams fell to South American opponents; El Tri lost 4-1 to Uruguay while Brazil beat the U.S. 2-0.
Both teams have young rosters and are under the direction of interim coaches, and many players will be participating in this regional rivalry for the first time – and will be eager to make their mark on it.
Mexico was overpowered by Uruguay to the tune of 4-1 when the two met in a friendly in NRG Stadium in Houston in both teams’ first match since the World Cup. It was an exciting game that saw three penalty kicks awarded as well as a brace by Luis Suárez.
El Tri had the better of the early play, and they had the better of possession throughout the game, but it was Uruguay who took the lead. In the 22nd minute, José María Giménez headed home a corner kick to give the South Americans the 0-1 lead.
In their first match since the 2018 World Cup, Mexico will take on Uruguay in an international friendly in NRG Stadium in Houston.
Interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti has chosen a young team for El Tri’s September friendlies, with fifteen players under age 25 and nine without any caps, while some familiar faces such as Chicharito Hernández and Carlos Vela were not called up.
Mexico started the year off with a win as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in an international friendly. The largely domestic-based roster earned the win by the minimum difference thanks to Hugo Ayala’s first goal for El Tri in the second half.
Bosnia was also testing young players, many of whom were inexperienced internationally, and Mexico looked the better side from the beginning. They were wasteful with their chances, however, with Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela both failing to capitalize on early opportunities.
The Mexican national team will be in action for the first time in 2018 when they take on Bosnia-Herzegovina this Wednesday in an international friendly.
El Tri last took the field in November, when they drew Belgium and beat Poland in a pair of friendlies in Europe, while Bosnia was just in action this Sunday when they played out a 0-0 draw with the USA in another friendly.
This game will be played in San Antonio, and since it doesn’t fall on a FIFA date, Mexico’s roster is almost entirely Liga MX-based.
The Mexican national team will face their counterpart from Bosnia-Herzegovina in an international friendly this Wednesday. It will be El Tri’s first game of 2018 as they continue preparations for this summer’s World Cup.
Headlining the roster is 18-year-old Jonathan González, the young dual-national who has switched his international allegiance from the U.S, to Mexico. González represented the U.S. at the U-17 and U-20 levels before choosing Mexico.
Mexico beat Poland 1-0 on Monday afternoon in their international friendly. The result is a second good one for El Tri against European opponents after they drew with Belgium in another friendly last Friday.
Mexico took the lead early, with Raúl Jiménez making it 0-1 in the 13th minute. Javier Aquino had been driving into the box, only to have the ball rebound off a Polish defender. The loose ball fell for Jiménez, however, and his left-footed shot beat Wojciech Szczesny to give El Tri the lead.
After drawing 3-3 with Belgium on Friday, Mexico will now face Poland in another international friendly. Both teams are continuing to prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which Poland qualified for as the UEFA Group E winner while Mexico finished first in CONCACAF’s Hexagonal.
Poland’s last game, an international friendly against Uruguay on Friday, ended in a 0-0 draw. Poland scored a combined 13 goals in their three prior matches, though, and the Polish attack can be quite dangerous, although they’ll be without Robert Lewandowski.
In an entertaining game in Brussels, both Belgium and Mexico had the lead at one point or another before ultimately settling for a 3-3 draw.
Mexico had several chances in the early going, but it was the hosts who took the lead. In the 17th minute, Memo Ochoa parried a low shot from Romelu Lukaku, but the rebound fell into the path of Eden Hazard, who made it 1-0.
Mexico and Belgium will face off in Brussels this Friday in an international friendly. Both teams qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in fairly dominating fashion (with Belgium winning Group H unbeaten with nine wins in ten games, and Mexico finishing first in the Hex with just one loss) and will now look to prepare for next summer’s event with a friendly.
As part of those preparations, Mexico’s November friendlies were scheduled as away games against European teams, with El Tri facing first Belgium and then Poland. Juan Carlos Osorio has referred to the games as “a high-level test”, with Mexico looking to show they can compete outside of the CONCACAF region.