It is finally here. Mexico begin their participation in the Copa America Centenario when they take on Uruguay at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
It is by far one of the best pairings in the group stage round, and it should bring out eager anticipation in everyone. Mexico have arguably been best team in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, while Uruguay current lead CONMEBOL's qualifying.
Amid all the emotion, Mexico arrive to this tournament as genuine contenders. Through their 23-year cup-history, El Tri will not have a better opportunity to write a new Copa America future. Juan Carlos Osorio's side is more than just another team in this competition, they can also be regarded as one of the hosts. Time and time again, El Tri's support in the United States has willed the Mexico national team to success, playing as the country's 12th man.
Uruguay will know that. In fact, Uruguay are the kind of team that revel in spoiling a house party. Los Charruas are best remembered by the 1950 World Cup "Maracanazo", and to a lesser degree, they will be hoping for something similar in Arizona.
The one caveat and potential problem for coach Oscar Tabarez is the absence of Luis Suarez through injury. In truth, Uruguay don't quite have enough about them without their superstar forward, and in that regard, Tabarez will have to rely on PSG striker Edinson Cavani.
Above all, however, Tabarez will know of the Mexican threat on the wing. Despite Jurgen Damm's injury, Mexico have the swift and slick Jesus "Tecatito" Corona waiting to explode on the final third of the pitch. In addition, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is a guarantee of goal with just about the right service from the wing.
North America has had to endure a long wait to host their first Copa America. Here, it is time for Mexico to show why they should be taken seriously in this competition.
Match date/time: Sunday 8pm EST, 5pm local
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
TV: Univision (US - Spanish), Univision Deportes Network (US- Spanish), Fox Sports 1 (US-English), Azteca 7 (Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), TDN (Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico).
Radio: Futbol de Primera