-He made his much awaited senior team debut and was a bright spot for El Tri. Hirving was Mexico's only attacking force for much of the match. He seemed like the only player capable of breaking through the defense. The Senegalese defense seemed to be a step behind him as he cut through them on several occassions. He picked up an assist as well. It was a good showing in front of JCO as World Cup Qualifying is only a month away.
-The Pumas standout had a good showing for Osorio. He provided strong hold up play and did well to link up during the few chances Mexico pushed up. Herrera easily could have scored a goal if Senegal's keeper did not make a great save. I have been calling him the new Oribe and tonight he solidified that for me. He is Mexico's best domestic striker and gives Osorio a new forward option.
-I picked him as one to watch in this game and Corona help up his end of the bargain. Most expected him to play one half but JCO decided to give him the full 90. He showed he can still perform for the national team, making a few key stops to keep it tied at 0-0. Corona did not have the benefit of a strong line in front of him but kept a clean sheet and might have played his way back into Copa America contention.
Gerardo Flores & Yasser Corona
-Senegal was perfectly content with letting the Mexican defense pass the ball back and forth, waiting for an error. Yasser provided misplaced passes and terrible giveaways that led to great counter attacks. Mexico should have been down 1-0 early on if it weren't for the previously mentioned heroics of Jesus Corona. El Tri is in search of CB depth but Yasser did not stake a claim. Unfortunately for Flores, he fell in the same camp. He struggled early on to complete passes and never quite linked up with Jurgen. He did not push up and provide support for Damm, even after Osorio asked him to join the attack.
-Another non-FIFA game for the national team on a subpar surface. They were rewarded with an attendance of less than 16,000 at Marlins Park. I think we have accepted the fact that this games will happen but can they at least be played on soccer fields? Last thing Mexico needs is to have Lozano blow out his knee rounding 2nd base.
Game over. Mexico beats Senegal 2-0. Goals by Jesus Duenas and Rodolfo Pizarro. Attendance Marlins Park:15,588. @heraldsports @miamiherald— Michelle Kaufman (@kaufsports) February 11, 2016