The keys for Mexico against United States
Mexico let a great opportunity escape Friday at San Pedro Sula. Some say 2-0 is the most dangerous score in soccer, and “El Tri” fully met that saying as they squandered that advantage against Honduras.
Many have often mentioned the issue of the substitiouns that coach “Chepo” del Torre made and some consider they were wrong, and that “Chicharito” was substituted too soon. I consider that we should focus more on the players and the reasons they allowed the “Catrachos” to tie. These types of matches have to be played at maximum concentration for 90 minutes, and unfortunately there were a couple of blinks of the eye on the team, that ended up costing the three points.
The page must be turned and focus now must be on the match against the United States. No matter the current level of both teams, this ‘Clásico’ should be very difficult and hard fought. Mexico is obligated to get the three points to put itself on the road to Brazil 2014. An adverse result would complicate things greatly for “Chepo’s” team.
The United States will probably come to play a defensive strategy; a draw for them would be a great result at a place as difficult as Estadio Azteca. Without having great players, the North Americans will appeal to order on defense and will have as their primary weapon the counterattack, something that Mexico must be very careful with.
The Mexican selection should come out deciding to attack from the first minute, and not give a breath to the United States to settle and get comfortable in the game. The more minutes that pass without Mexico scoring, the more confidence the “Stars and Stripes” team will gain, and the more difficult it will be to score against them.
In reference to the changes and adjustments for Tuesday, apart from the mandatory replacement “Chepo” must make due to the suspensión of “Maza” Rodriguez, the manager must evaluate the performances of those who played against Honduras and determine if he should make changes in the starting lineup.
SOCCER IN THE SNOW
The match between the United States and Costa Rica was played in the middle of a snowstorm, which has been questioned by many. Independent of whether they should have suspended the match (the decision falls on the referee), it is understood that the soccer federation of this country has scheduled the match in a city, to take advantage of the adverse climate that the rival will encounter. In the same manner that Honduras took advantage of the strong heat of San Pedro Sula or Bolivia and the altitude of La Paz. It is clear that nobody could predict two months back when the match was scheduled, that a heavy snowstorm would fall on Denver.
I don’t know who banned the Mexican players from making statements after the match against Honduras, but I think it was a mistake Understandably they want to keep them from making hot comments after what happened in the match, to avoid any controversy, but that is something the players must learn to handle, and apart from that, the fans have a right to know what the players were thinking after such a disputed match. I think that it was the pressure that is on the selection at this moment that made them make that decision.
Until next week and remember … eat fruits and vegetables!