Mexico had a Jekyll & Hyde international break but the national team is now done for 2014. The focus returns to club soccer this weekend. Lets see who is playing at what time…
After the senior team fumbled their game in Belarus, the U21s tried to give us something to cheer about. The team kicked off the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, where countries are allowed 3 “over-age” players but this is basically a U21 tournament. Mexico started their campaign against Honduras and were able to win by a comfortable margin of 5-2. Mexico is the favorite to win it all. The tournament may very well be a minor one but it still is a great chance for these players to continue their development. 1 player caught my eye in particular. Continue reading
The lineup is out and nearly features a whole new team (Paul Aguilar being the only exception). This was to be expected given that is how Piojo has treated the 2nd game in the post-WC friendlies. The way I look at it, Netherlands was the main course and Belarus will be the dessert. The new look lineup sees the Dos Santos hermanos starting together for El Tri. Something we thought would be a common occurrence but has not happened for a couple of years now.
Here is what I will be keeping my eye on.
That was fun, right? That was one of the more entertaining Mexico games I have seen in years. It was end to end action all 90 minutes plus. Both teams were in search of a victory. Each team had different reasons but it was clear, each coach wanted to walk out of the stadium with a victory, not a draw. Mexico wanted to keep building on their post-WC run. Netherlands was in search of a good showing after having a rough start to their Euro 2016 qualification. These ambitions led to a fun game.
Game day is upon us and Piojo has released his lineup….. Yes, Vela is starting with former Chivas teammate Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez up top. While many were hoping for a 3-headed attack of Gio, Chicha, & Vela, most knew that was not likely w/Piojo’s current tactics. I agree with Cesar Hernandez, I wish Piojo would have introduced Vela like in a certain Disney movie
I think the best way for Piojo to introduce Vela is the same way Simba was introduced in the beginning of the Lion King.
— Cesar Hernandez (@cesarh1030) November 11, 2014
The weekend is upon us and that means club soccer. Below are some notes about games featuring Mexicans abroad. Sound off in the comments