Just like the United States, Mexico is playing a pre-hex national team match with a domestic squad. They should steamroll Denmark on Wednesday.
Mexican players have moved abroad with greater frequency in recent years, but a number of the country's best players still ply their trade at home, in Liga MX. While the United States squad that prepares for future competitive matches in January is called "Camp Cupcake" due to the low quality of the players compared to what we're used to from the first team, the same cannot be said about Mexico's side. They're lacking key personnel, but at least half the players that take the pitch for them against Denmark on Wednesday night should make "Chepo" Jose Manuel de la Torre's squad for their February World Cup qualifying match.
The match is a massive opportunity for Marco Fabian, Javier Aquino and Hector Herrera to show that they deserve consideration for first team places going forward. Herrera, in particular, has an excellent opportunity to lock down a starting place giving the lack of stability at the central midfield position for El Tri. Oribe Peralta and Aldo de Nigris should both start on Wednesday, and they're fighting to be the primary bench option behind Javier Hernandez. There may or may not be space for both of them in full Mexico squads going forward.
Denmark's squad is a young, domestic-based team headlined by talented young central defender Jores Okore. It wouldn't be too stunning if he arrived back in Denmark to find that FC Nordsjaelland have sold him to the highest bidder on the European transfer deadline day.
Match date/time: Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes