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Mexico: U20 Failures And Gold Cup Roster Problems

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Mexico’s U20 arrived in Poland in hopes to correct a poor showing in the CONCACAF final against the U.S. Unfortunately, the team not only failed to record a win against Italy and Japan, but they were outclassed in the majority of their first two matches.

Mexico had hope in the match against Italy, as it was 1-1 at one point, but the Italians were too strong and claimed a 2-1 win over Mexico. In their second match against Japan, things were even worse – Japan ran the midfield off the pitch in a 3-0 drubbing of the Mexicans.

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Diego Lainez of Mexico dribbling the ball during MEXTOUR 2019 | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 26, 2019

One of my biggest concerns about the U20 was that the rest of the team was not up to par with the experience of Diego Lainez and JJ Macías and that turned out to be true. The two experienced U20 players could’ve been with the senior side for the summer, but instead, they’ll be bounced out of Poland and there’s nothing to show for it.

Gold Cup Roster Woes

Mexico has a very strong team heading into the 2019 Gold Cup, as they are clear favorites to reach the final. Yet, over the past few weeks, the roster has begun to dwindle in star power.

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Hirving “Chucky” Lozano of Mexico during MEXTOUR 2018 | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 28, 2018

As of late, the notable names who will no longer be participating have piled up:

  • Héctor Herrera has been ruled out, as it appears he will be dealing with a change of club this summer.
  • Hirving Lozano is out due to injury.
  • Diego Lainez was called to the U20 team for the World Cup in Poland.
  • JJ Macías was called to the U20 team for the World Cup in Poland.
  • Carlos Vela has rejected the call and may not return to national team duty.
  • Chicharito will be staying back due to the birth of his baby girl.
  • Miguel Layún is out due to kidney surgery.
  • Tecatito’s previous absence would keep ‘Tata’ Martino from sending an invite.
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LAFC striker Carlos Vela heading to take a corner kick | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 24, 2019

Mexico will still be heavy favorites in the majority of their matches, yet, the amount of names missing makes this cup a lot less appetizing. The Mexicans strongest team is one that could do some serious damage around the world, but we will have to wait a bit longer until we see that pan out.

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