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.
Mexico extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 1-0 victory against Iceland in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. The friendly – which set an attendance record for soccer in Las Vegas – served both teams as preparation for World Cup qualifying, which resumes in March.
El Tri took the lead in the 20th minute, when Alan Pulido met a Giovano dos Santos set piece with a header to make it 1-0. It was Pulido’s first international goal since 2014 and it would eventually prove to be the game-winner.
Mexico will play their first game of 2017 when they take on Iceland at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas this Wednesday.
Ticket sales are on pace to break attendance records for soccer in Las Vegas, which were set in 2012 when Real Madrid took on Santos Laguna. This will be the Mexican national team’s first appearance in Las Vegas.
El Tri is currently enjoying a six-game unbeaten run (four wins and two draws) and will look to this game as preparation for World Cup Qualifying, which resumes in March.
The Mexican national team will play their first game of 2017 this Wednesday, when they take on Iceland in an international friendly in Las Vegas.
As this game does not fall on a FIFA date, Juan Carlos Osorio called up only players from Liga MX and MLS, which is currently in preseason. Three members of the 23-man roster – Edson Álvarez, Luis Reyes, and Hugo González – are receiving their first call-ups to El Tri.
In their final preparatory game before World Cup qualifying resumes in November, Mexico beat Panama 1-0 on Tuesday night. However, once again El Tri did not look convincing in a game that featured more fouls than shots by a wide margin.
With Panama playing defensively and shutting down the space, it took Mexico until the 42nd minute to register their first shot on goal. Juan Carlos Osorio went to his bench at halftime and Mexico looked somewhat improved in the second half.
Juan Carlos Osorio has named his starting XI to take on Panama in tonight’s international friendly. Osorio has made five changes from the lineup that faced New Zealand last Saturday, but among the repeats are Jordan Silva and Hedgardo Marín, who will be earning their second caps.
Mexico beat New Zealand 2-1 in an international friendly in Nashville this Saturday. Juan Carlos Osorio gave three players their debuts as he continues to tinker with lineups and formations ahead of the start of the Hex in November, and at times El Tri looked a bit disjointed.
However, they still did enough to earn the win. Prodigal son Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring in the 28th minute after referee Jair Marrufo awarded a penalty for a foul by Declan Wynne on Hirving Lozano. Dos Santos converted the spot kick to make it 1-0.
Juan Carlos Osorio has named his starting XI to take on New Zealand in tonight’s international friendly, and three players will be earning their first caps. Jordan Silva, Hedgardo Marín, and Jesús Gallardo will all make their debuts for El Tri in Nashville.