Mexico ready to play their second game in a span of four days when El Tri host Colombia in Monterrey. For Mexico, it will be their third consecutive match on home soil as El Tri played in Mexico City on Aug. 11 against Spain and on Saturday in Guadalajara against Ecuador.
Efrain Flores’ first game with El Tricolor ended poorly. Everything was set up in his favor, as Flores and several of his former Chivas players could have all returned to Guadalajara conquering heroes. Instead, Flores’ team played without much fire and had little bite in the backline. How much of that was the players’ own shortcomings and how much of it went back to Flores directly remains to be seen, but Flores did not have a visible stamp on the team.
Mexico’s next game will not be until Feb. 9, 2011. According to the Mexican Football Federation’s Web site, El Tri will have no activity for the remainder of the year.
This could be the final opportunity for players on the cusp to try and impress ahead of next year. For players like Enrique Esqueda, Elias Hernandez or Antonio Rios, a strong showing could make a difference come 2011. Their last impression with the team then will have been a positive one.
Next year will be an important year for Mexico. The CONCACAF Gold Cup winner will book passage to the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, and such experience would be invaluable for the team. While it may not seem like it, things gained from this match could help out Mexico’s efforts next summer, whether Flores is around to manage the team or not.
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