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Mexico: Group Leaders, Headed To Phoenix

Mexico's midfielder Edson Alvarez (C) and teammates celebrate after Alvarez scored his team's second goal during the second half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Curacao at the Alamodome July 16, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico and its Gold Cup side are now finished with their group stage, and they are headed to the knockout rounds to face Honduras.

Mexico kicked off its tournament in San Diego, when they faced El Salvador on July 9. Despite scoring early, El Salvador brought the game level minutes later. Mexico, however, was too strong for El Salvador, and got three points in a 3-1 victory.

In the second match, Mexico and Jamaica took the field in what was a fairly slow game. Jamaica appeared to not have a problem with a draw, and that’s exactly what happened. Both teams walked away with a point in a 0-0 draw.

As long as Mexico did not lose by three goals against Curaçao, they were going through to the knockouts. They did, though, get the three points they desired in a 2-0 win in San Antonio, wrapping up the group as the leaders of their group in this Gold Cup.

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Honduras will be no push over for this Mexican side, although El Tri is going to be favored. Juan Carlos Osorio and his tactic of rotation have continued, and we have yet to see a lineup that was more than confident. Yet, dating back to two friendlies before the cup, this Gold Cup side has not lost.

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El Tri will also be keeping the roster as is. The teams are allowed six changes after group stage, but Mexico will keep everyone where they’re at.

Mexico faces off against Honduras to get to the semifinal on July 20 in Phoenix, AZ.

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