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Mexico vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2018 Friendly: Time, TV Schedule, and live stream

El Tri is set to play their first game of the year in preparation for the World Cup with a team full of MLS and Liga MX talent

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Mexico Press Conference
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio speaks during a press conference a day ahead of the match between Mexico and Bosnia at Eilan Hotel on January 30, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.
Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images

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)

Listings via LiveSoccerTV.com

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.

Mexico Training Session
Henry Martin (front) has two goals for Club America in four games so far. Jonathan Gonzalez (back) will be making his national team debut after switching to Mexico from the U.S. earlier this year.
Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images

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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.

Bosnia & Herzegovina v United States
Haris Medunjanin has made 57 appearances and nine goals for the Dragons, the most in both categories of any Bosnian player on the roster.
Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images