After two somewhat experimental friendlies, Mexico walks away with two victories (2-1 vs New Zealand, 1-0 vs Panama), but what was learned? Will Juan Carlos Osorio be able to use these friendlies to make certain roster changes for the upcoming start of the Hex?
Here’s a look at what can be taken away from the two matches…
The Veterans looked good, but did anyone else?
It was no surprise to see that all three goals scored by El Tri were scored by veteran call-ups. Giovani dos Santos, Marco Fabián, and Oribe Peralta helped boost Mexico past New Zealand and Panama. This is a good sign for Osorio, because there has been no loss in chemistry between several of the veterans that were called for the friendlies.
However, there is one negative…they are suppose to look good. The two friendlies were more to look for some breakout players getting a shot at possibly making the roster for two of the biggest games of the year in November (against the USA and Panama). Yet, there was a lack in cohesion by some names called up, and some others really did not stand out as they needed to for Osorio to make a decision.
We all missed Jonathan dos Santos
It was exciting to see Osorio call Jonathan dos Santos after quite a while of not playing with the national team, but he had to leave the team with a minor injury. It was a major blow to not only Jonathan but to the entire Mexican national team. Jonathan had been playing very well for Villarreal and this was a crucial time to try out and shake off some dust in front of Osorio. His creativity and control in the midfield was missing, and although he should be healthy for November, this was a majorly missed opportunity to test out his talents under Osorio.
Panama is going to come out swinging in November
Panama and Mexico have had some bad blood brewing over the past few years, and despite losing, 1-0, Panama gets a much bigger shot against Mexico on November 15. Things don’t start off easy for El Tri during the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying, as they head to Columbus and then Panama city. Panama will have Mexico on the ropes if Columbus does not go smoothly.
Panama wants nothing more than to shake up their Mexican foe and to steal points from them. The end of the game on October 11 ended in a scrum between the teams, and don’t think that Panama isn’t going to forget that come the 15th of November.
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