In their first game under interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti, Mexico had to come from behind twice to draw Trinidad and Tobago 3-3 in an international friendly held in Sandy, Utah.
Jonathan Glenn got the Soca Warriors off to the best possible start when his diving header found the back of the net in just the 6th minute of the game. Mexico responded well after falling behind, however, and El Tri soon found themselves dominating possession and creating dangeorus chances.
Jan Michael Williams did well to keep Mexico off the board despite their pressure, and luck also seemed to be on the side of the Trinidadians, who were saved by deflections once or twice. Just when Mexico seemed to be on the ascendency, T&T made it 0-2 through Keron Cummings, who beat Alfredo Talavera after a pass from Glenn.
Carlos Esquivel reduced the deficit just before halftime – and just two minutes after Cummings’ goal – with a header that brought the 20,560 people in the Rio Tinto to life.
Mexico would erase Trinidad’s lead in the 55th minute, when substitute Rául Jiménez, who had entered the game just moments earlier, sent a powerful shot on goal that was redirected into his own net by the unfortunate Daneil Cyrus.
In the 69th minute, the Soca Warriors reclaimed the lead when Joevin Jones froze Talavera with a well-placed free kick to make it 2-3. That goal looked like it would be the winner until Héctor Herrera appeared with a golazo from outside the box to notch his first international goal for El Tri in the 86th minute.
Mexico and Ferretti will now turn their attention to their upcoming game against Argentina on Tuesday, which will provide a much stiffer test. Argentina demolished Bolivia 8-0 in a friendly of their own earlier on Friday.
Mexico: Alfredo Talavera, Israel Jiménez, Diego Reyes, Oswaldo Alanís (Héctor Moreno 73′), Jorge Torres Nilo, Jesús Dueñas (Héctor Herrera 73′), Javier Güemez, Carlos Esquivel, Javier Aquino, Henry Martín (Raúl Jiménez 53′), Carlos Vela.
T&T: Jan Michael Williams, Aubrey David, Joevin Jones (Neveal Hackshaw 86′), Radanfah Abu Bakr (Mekell Williams 63′), Yohance Marshall, Daneil Cyrus, Khaleem Hyland, Cordell Cato (Trevin Casear 57′), Andre Boucaud (Kevan George 70′), Jonathan Glenn (Willis Plaza 74′), Keron Cummings.