Alexi Lalas: "This is the weakest Mexico team I've ever seen"
The USMNT legend believes that the United States can make history and defeat El Tri at Estadio Azteca for the first time in World Cup qualifiers.
The Mexico national team will host the United States on Thursday at Estadio Azteca and a win for either side can put them on the verge of obtaining a direct ticket to the upcoming World Cup. Also, the USMNT is seeking their first victory in Mexico for the first time in World Cup qualifying with their ‘golden generation’ and it would be their fourth consecutive win against their biggest rivals in CONCACAF across all competitions.
The USMNT only needs five points in three games
This would be a huge win for the United States because they would be two points shy from securing a top three finish to return to the World Cup after failing to qualify four years ago. This is a very anticipated match in CONCACAF and former USMNT legend Alexi Lalas believes that the team managed by Gregg Berhalter has everything in their favor.
“This is the weakest Mexican team I have seen in my life, this is a great opportunity to beat them at the Azteca Stadium,” he said. “This Mexican team reminds me of the 2017 United States team, where a generation of players was coming to its end. If Mexico qualifies, their coach, Gerardo Martino, will have to think about making big changes for the World Cup in Qatar, because the World Cup is for young people.”
Lalas explained why Mexico is so weak
“It’s a combination of many things: The competency of the U.S. team has grown very quickly, both in the field and outside. Also, the development of the U.S. is much better, and to add on to that, the MLS has become a more direct access bridge to Europe for young players.”