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.
FIFA has released the latest list of sanctions for “incidents involving, among others, unsporting and discriminatory conduct by fans during recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches” and Mexico is, onceagain, present due to homophobic chanting.
In this latest round of sanctions, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been fined 10,000 Swiss Francs for discriminatory and unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants, in their March 24th game against Costa Rica.
This is the 8th time that Mexico has been fined and/or warned for homophobic chanting in 2018 World Cup qualifiers:
The United States, Mexico, and Canada made their rumored joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup official today. U.S. Soccer’s Sunil Gulati, the Mexican Football Federation’s Decio de María, and Canada Soccer President Victor Montagliani held a press conference to formally announce their intention to file a joint bid.
There have been co-hosts in the past, but this is the first time that three countries have bid to jointly host a FIFA competition. With the World Cup field set to expand, Canada Soccer notes that “Canada-USA-Mexico are uniquely suited to fulfill requirements for the 48-nation 2026 FIFA World Cup finals”.
In a closer game than they were perhaps expecting, Mexico earned a victory by the minimum difference against Trinidad and Tobago to remain unbeaten in World Cup qualifying. The result keeps Mexico at the top of the table while dropping T&T into last.
The hosts had the better of play in the first half, and in the 32nd minute, T&T thought they had taken the lead. However, Joevin Jones’s would-be goal from a fast break was controversially disallowed after a dubious offside call and the game remained 0-0.
The Mexican national team has arrived in Trinidad and Tobago for their World Cup qualifying game, but neither Rafael Márquez nor Jürgen Damm made the trip.
Damm suffered an injury late in Friday’s game against Costa Rica, and after evaluation it was determined that the muscle strain would keep him out of Tuesday’s qualifier. Damm has returned to Monterrey to start treatment with his club.
In their first home game of the Hex, Mexico beat Costa Rica 2-0 to move into first place in the standings. The result keeps El Tri unbeaten in this round of qualifying, while the Ticos suffered their first loss.
The game started perfectly for Mexico, with Javier Hernández giving the hosts the lead in just the 7th minute. Chicharito chipped Keylor Navas after receiving a through ball from Carlos Vela to make it 1-0; the goal, his 46th for the national team, ties him with Jared Borgetti as Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Mexico will host their first home game of the Hex when they face Costa Rica in the Estadio Azteca this Friday.
El Tri is currently in second place in the standings with four points, following a victory against the U.S. and a draw with Panama, while Costa Rica tops the table with six points after wins against Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S.