Eleven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX will be represented in the World Cup, where their players will suit up for seven different national teams: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, and Japan.
Mexico remained unbeaten in World Cup qualifying and mathematically guaranteed their spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 1-0 victory against Panama on Friday night. The loss saw the Canaleros drop into fifth in the Hex.
The first half saw El Tri dominate possession but fail to do much with it. José Calderón had little to do in goal for Panama as Mexico struggled to put their chances on frame. Halftime rolled around with the game still 0-0 and with antsy fans beginning to whistle and boo.
Mexico is unbeaten in World Cup qualifying and they’ll look to continue that streak when they host Panama in the Estadio Azteca this Friday. El Tri currently tops the Hexagonal with 14 points from six games, and a win against Panama could seal their spot in next summer’s event, depending on the result of Trinidad and Tobago vs Honduras.
As for Panama, they currently sit fourth – in the intercontinental playoff spot – with seven points. The Canaleros have scored just four goals in their six games to date, and they’ll be facing the stingiest defense in this one; Mexico has allowed just two goals in the Hex, both against the United States.
The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has announced the list of players called up for Mexico’s September World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica.
The roster is missing some familiar names, with Oribe Peralta and Carlos Salcedo injured and Rafa Márquez dealing with his legal troubles. Miguel Layún, who is having trouble finding minutes with Porto, is also a notable absence. On the other hand, Jesús Manuel Corona is back on the roster after “Tecatito” missed the Confederations Cup for personal reasons.
The complete 25-man roster is as follows:
The weather and field conditions made things a bit difficult but it was the home team who looked better throughout the match. Mexico was unable to string together a second straight away victory while Panama will be somewhat disappointed not to have captured all three points.
For the second game of the Hex, Juan Carlos Osorio has made five changes to the starting eleven that faced the U.S. on Friday.
The Panamanians are also coming off an away victory, after they beat Honduras 0-1 in San Pedro Sula on Friday. The Canaleros will now look to build on that victory with a good result in their first home game, although Mexico will undoubtedly provide a tough test.
Vela was given permission to leave El Tri and return to Spain, where he plays his club soccer, in order to be present at the impending birth of his first child.
Vela joins Andrés Guardado (injury) and Carlos Salcedo (red card) as players who will be unavailable for Juan Carlos Osorio for Tuesday’s away qualifier against Panama.
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.