Ahead of what promises to be another exciting year for the Mexico national team, El Tri travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to take on Iceland in their first game of 2017.
For Mexico, the task of having two squads built for the Gold Cup and Confederations Cup has dominated all the discussion in the build-up to this match. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has one focal point and that is to find players good enough to make one of these two squads. In that regard, this is why this match as a whole is of big importance to several of El Tri’s more fringe players as they look to earn a place in one of two summer tournaments for Mexico.
Of course, given that it isn’t an international FIFA date, El Tri will not have their first string side on the field, though there is more than enough talent with the likes of youngsters like Hirving Lozano and Orbelin Pineda. From the 23 players chosen by Juan Carlos Osorio for this match, only Giovani dos Santos plays his football outside of Mexico.
As oppose to Mexico, Iceland has already played a couple matches this year, beating China and then losing to Chile. Last year’s surprise team at the Euros won’t be bringing their best artillery for this match either, but they can take comfort in knowing Mexico has never been able to defeat them in a friendly match. In fact, both of the last meetings between these two teams ended in scoreless draws.
As such, Mexico will hope they can get rid of that tameness they showed in their last two encounters with Iceland and start 2017 with a win.
Date: Wednesday, February 8
Time: 7:00 PM Pacific, 9:00 PM Central, 10:00 PM Eastern
Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
Television: United States - UniMas, Univision Deportes Network ; Mexico- Azteca 7, UnivisionTDN, TDN, Canal 5 Televisa
Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)