Date: Wednesday, January 31
Time: 6:00pm Pacific, 8:00pm Central, 9:00pm Eastern
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States
TV: Univision Deportes Network(US - Spanish), Canal 5 (Mexico) Azteca 7 (Mexico)
Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)
Last Result: Mexico 0-1 Bosnia 06/03/2014
Juan Carlos Osorio’s roster will boast a few experienced players but is ultimately full of newcomers and few-capped players such as Jonathan Gonzalez, Gibran Lajud, Erick Gutierrez, Orbelin Pineda, Jesus Gallardo among others. El Tri will feature a team full of Liga MX talent as well as Carlos Vela and the dos Santos brothers from MLS. This will not be the most important opponent Mexico face on their World Cup preparation circuit but a win would boost the confidence of all their young players as well as leave their Texas-based fans happy.
Players to Watch: Obviously, the biggest storyline of any Mexican international is Jonathan Gonzalez switching to Mexico from U.S. Soccer earlier this year, and the young Monterrey will make his debut tonight. Gonzalez and most other young players on the roster don’t have their World Cup spot locked in and will have to impress with the few chances they get before June. Other players to keep an eye on are Pumas’ Jesus Gallardo, Club America’s Henry Martin and Tijuana’s Gibran Lajud who have all had great showings in the Clausura tournament so far.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was eliminated in the group stage of UEFA’s World Cup Qualification and the Bosnian FA appointed former Croatian international Robert Prosinecki as manager on January 4. The Dragons have already played one game in 2018, drawing 0-0 to the USA in Carson, California. Bosnia has been tough on Mexico in the past, actually beating El Tri in their last encounter and will no doubt want to repeat that feat and disappoint a team on their way to Russia this summer.
Players to Watch: Like Mexico, Bosnia has filled their roster mostly with talent from their domestic league. Many players took the field against the U.S. for the first time in a Bosnian uniform. Sarajevo’s Mersudin Ahmetovic is Bosnia’s best attacking weapon, leading the Bosnian league with 13 goals. They will be captained by their most experienced player in Philadelphia Union’s Haris Medunjanin and also called up 19-year-old Elvir Ibisevic, a student-athlete at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.