Following their disastrous Copa America Centenario exit, the Mexico national team return to the fields on Friday when they visit the Estadio Cuscatlán to take on El Salvador in their fifth game of World Cup Qualifying.
El Tri are already qualified to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but in a sense, this is a game where Mexico need to perform. Patience is running thin after Mexico’s nightmare game against Chile, and Juan Carlos Osorio and Co. can’t afford a negative performance against La Selecta.
While El Salvador are perennial underachievers in the region, things won’t be as easy as they sound for Mexico. El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be without several key players for this one, including regulars like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, Oribe Peralta, Nestor Araujo, Diego Reyes, and Hirving “Chucky” Lozano.
That said, from an El Salvador perspective, if there is a perfect time to play Mexico it is probably now. La Selecta still have a real shot at making the hexagonal, and they will see an already qualified and injury-ravaged Mexico at their most vulnerable
The priority for coach Ramon Maradiaga will most likely be in stemming the Mexican attack. If they can manage to get a draw against El Tri and the other result between Canada and Honduras goes their way, it could end up being a point of gold for El Salvador’s national team.
Match date/time: Friday 10:06pm EST, 8:06pm local
Venue: Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador
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