Mexico ready for World Cup qualifying clash with USMNT
‘El Tri’ will return to action during the November international break and will face the USMNT on Friday, with first place in CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying group at stake.
Johan Vásquez, Raúl Jiménez and Néstor Araujo were the first players to arrive in Indianapolis ahead of the World Cup qualifying game against the United States men’s national team. The rest of the Mexican national team is expected to arrive on Monday night alongside head coach Gerardo Martino.
Battle for first place
Martino had to include Jesús Angulo from Chivas and Jaiber Jiménez from Cruz Azul in the final roster due to the injury suffered by Monterrey's César Montes. The Mexican national team sits in first place in the World Cup qualifiers in CONCACAF with 14 points and a record of W4-D2-L0.
During this international break they will face the USMNT on 12 November at TQL Stadium and four days later they will go on the road to face Canada at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. If Martino's team loses against the United States, they could drop to second place.
The recent matchups between the USMNT and Mexico have not favored 'El Tri'. They have faced off in two finals this year and the United States won both to lift the CONCACAF Nations League trophy and the Gold Cup.