Not much has changed since we last saw El Tri. There seems to be very little urgency in naming a permanent coach, and while “Tuca” has had more of a hand in choosing in the squad, the Mexican Federation is still trying hard to establish a generational switch with a number of new players.
As you might imagine, there will be no Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Hector Moreno, Andres Guardado, or several of the other 2018 World Cup regulars. El Tri will once again be led by forwards Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and Raul Jimenez and will welcome the returns of Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, Nestor Araujo, and Diego Reyes to the National Team frame.
Of course, all of this is no fault of the fans at the Estadio Universitario, who will likely fill the stadium to capacity as if it were a Tigres home game. Matches outside of the Estadio Azteca and U.S. cities are a rare sight when it comes to the Mexico national team, so there is sure to be plenty of enthusiasm to see their national team play from up close.
For their part, Costa Rica arrive to this game a step ahead of the Mexico National Team. A few days prior to this match, the Costa Rican Federation decided to name Gustavo Matosas as their new head coach. Matosas is no stranger to the Mexican game, and just a few years ago led Club León to back-to-back league titles in Liga MX. Like Mexico, however, Costa Rica haven’t done very well lately and arrive on the back of seven straight games without a win.
Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 6:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Central, 9:30pm Eastern
Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico
TV: Univision (US-Spanish), TDN (Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico), TD7 (Costa Rica), Repretel Canal 6 (Costa Rica)
Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)