In the last test ahead of what will be an incredibly busy summer for Mexico, El Tri travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on the Republic of Ireland.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s men arrive on the back of a shocking defeat to a third-string Croatian side. While the final result mattered little, it was the fashion in which Mexico lost that was a cause of concern. Despite boasting of the better team, El Tri were beyond underwhelming.
Against Ireland, however, there is reason to believe that Mexico will improve. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be able to count on Marco Fabián ,Carlos Salcedo and Raúl Jiménez, who were all unavailable against Croatia. Furthermore, captain Rafael Marquez could be available after missing the last few months through injury.
Ireland will be something of a mystery for El Tri fans, and like Croatia, they will be playing with a side full of reserves. Currently, Ireland is second in Group D of World Cup qualifying.
For Mexico, it is about correcting their mistakes and gaining momentum ahead of what are two important World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and the United States. Following these two matches, El Tri travel to Russia to participate in the Confederations Cup.
Date: Thursday, June 1
Time: 5:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Central, 8:00 PM Eastern
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Television: Unimas(US-Spanish), Univision Deportes Network(US-Spanish), Fox Sports 1 (US-English), Azteca 7 (Mexico), UnivisionTDN(Mexico), TDN(Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa