Mexico beat Paraguay 2-1 in this Gold Cup warm-up game, but it was not all good news for El Tri as Alan Pulido suffered what looked to be a serious injury.
Although coach Juan Carlos Osorio and most of Mexico’s “A” team is still in Russia for the Confederations Cup, the domestic-based Gold Cup roster took on Paraguay in Seattle as they prepare for the rapidly approaching CONCACAF competition.
Rodolfo Pizarro opened the scoring for El Tri in the 19th minute after Orbelín Pineda saw his header saved. Paraguay couldn’t clear the rebound, and Pizarro won the ball back in the box, beat his defender, and then beat the keeper with a shot to the far post to make it 1-0.
Mexico got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in their international friendly on Thursday night.
The game, played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, started at a good pace, with Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona having a chance to open the scoring in just the third minute. Although that attempt ended up just wide, El Tri didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock. In the 16th minute, Mexico caught Ireland out on the counterattack, with Jorge Hernández playing the ball to Corona, who got past his defenders before sending his shot past Darren Randolph to make it 1-0.
Mexico will take on Ireland at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this Thursday as both teams gear up for June World Cup qualifiers.
Mexico fell 2-1 to Croatia in their friendly this past weekend, and El Tri will look to bounce back when they face the Republic of Ireland here. The Irish will be looking for their first victory of 2017 after a draw and a loss in March.
Mexico saw their perfect start to 2017 come to a halt with a 1-2 loss to Croatia in an international friendly held in Los Angeles. The loss ends a nine-game unbeaten streak for El Tri and is just their second defeat under Juan Carlos Osorio. Meanwhile, Croatia earned their second victory of the year.
Despite the loss, the game remains notable for Mexico as Javier Hernández’s goal made “Chicharito” the all-time leading goalscorer for the Mexican national team.
The Mexican national team will kick off their busy summer of soccer with a friendly against Croatia on Saturday. The game, to be played in Los Angeles, will serve as a warm-up for both teams ahead of June World Cup qualifiers.
El Tri will look to keep their 2017 winning streak alive, although they will be without a number of players due to the Liga MX final, while Croatia will look to restore some confidence with a good result after a 1-2-1 start to the year, including a 3-0 loss to Estonia in their last game.
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.