Mexico beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 on Wednesday night in a pre-CONCACAF Nations League friendly.
El Tri put out a younger, less experienced team for this game – with eight of the starters earning their first cap for the senior national team and no one on the roster having more than five caps – but that proved no obstacle to beating T&T.
In the 23rd minute, Mexico took the lead. José Macías stole the ball in midfield, drove towards goal, cut past his defender, and fired El Tri ahead, 1-0.
The Mexican national team will be in action on Wednesday night as they face Trinidad and Tobago in an international friendly. The game will serve as preparation for both teams ahead of October’s CONCACAF Nations League games.
El Tri was unbeaten in their first 11 games of 2019 – with 10 wins and a draw and a Gold Cup title in that span – before falling 4-0 to Argentina in a September friendly.
T&T, meanwhile, is winless so far in 2019, after nine games – with four draws and five losses in four friendlies, three Gold Cup and two Nations League matches.
Mexico fell 0-2 to Argentina on Friday night in the first of two international friendlies against the South Americans.
El Tri had an early chance through Raúl Jiménez, who met a cross from Marco Fabián with a diving header, but saw his attempt stopped by the crossbar in just the 2nd minute. Soon after that, Ramiro Funes Mori slipped and allowed Alan Pulido to play in Fabián, but his shot was easily stopped by Agustín Marchesín.
Mexico will take on Argentina this Friday in the first of two November friendlies between El Tri and La Albiceleste.
The first game will be played in Córdoba, where Argentina will host Mexico in the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes. El Tri is still under the interim management of Ricardo Ferretti, while Argentina is also awaiting a new coach after Jorge Sampaoli left after the World Cup.
After beating Costa Rica 3-2 on Friday, Mexico will now take on Chile in another international friendly. Interim coach Ricardo Ferretti used a Liga MX-based lineup in the game against CONCACAF competition Costa Rica, but Tuesday’s game will see El Tri’s European-based players take the field.
Chile fell 3-0 to Peru in their own friendly last Friday, a result that leaves La Roja winless in three. But the last time these two national teams faced off, Chile walked away with a stunning 7-0 victory, a result that Mexico will be anxious to erase from people’s minds with a strong showing in La Corregidora.
Costa Rica twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it as Mexico came back for a 3-2 win in this entertaining international friendly in the Estadio Universitario.
Mexico started off a little shaky, with a back pass nearly escaping Manuel Gibrán Lajud in the 10th minute for an own-goal, although the keeper was able to recover and grab the ball before it crossed the line.
The Mexican national team will take on their Costa Rican counterparts in an international friendly in the Estadio Universitario on Thursday, October 11.
El Tri is still under the interim management of Tigres UANL coach Ricardo Ferretti, while the Ticos have just announced the hiring of Gustavo Matosas as their new coach. Matosas will be watching this friendly from the stands, however, as he will not take charge until after this month’s matches.
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.