The international friendlies now weigh in for the CONCACAF Nations League and World Cup Qualifiers. Gregg Berhalter’s squad list is full of talent with some outstanding new call-ups that lead the way into the new generation. As the USMNT vs Mexico game for the International Break Gold Cup represents a new beginning.
Coach Berhalter’s side face the Mexican National team on Friday, almost two months after the 1-0 loss for the Gold Cup Final. The rivalry is about pride and dominance, and goes beyond anything being disputed. But facing lifelong rivals after losing a final against them won’t give anyone the rematch win satisfaction.
Match Preview: USMNT vs Mexico
The Mexican squad has great talent, with world class players like Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez who pulled summer transfers to top European sides. Equally important, is Raul Jimenez who is in top form. Mexico’s roster has experience and youth as well. El Tri remains undefeated under Martino’s process, and are favorites for winning the international friendly.
The pressure will be different for the USMNT players, specially those who will make their first appearance with the team. Josh Sargent, Sergiño Dest, and Paxton Pomykal will likely get a chance to play and set a first impression. With the absences of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, Christian Pulisic is taking a key role as team leader.
The match result will affect the FIFA ranking, but the gameplay will determine the level of competition the team can handle. Mexico is the biggest rival in the CONCACAF area. A win would boost the team, and cement a great beginning for the new generation.