After a great start to their CONCACAF U-20 Tournament, Mexico will now face one of the weakest teams in their group, Saint Martin, with stamina being their main enemy. Mexico will only have one day rest in the competitio, but will even have the upper hand against a Saint Martin team that isn’t as physically fit as their professional Mexican counter parts. To make matters worse, while Mexico was affected by the weather problems that delayed their game against Nicaragua, it was a lot worse for Saint Martin. Saint Martin was in their middle of the game against Aruba when they had to stopped because of a weather delay and didn’t resume the game until after every other team had played that Monday. While a win for Mexico is almost imminent, the team should be weary of injuries, especially after Carlos Vargas had to leave their last game early in the game.
Mexico is one of the favorite teams to win the tournament and they showed it in their opener. Even though they looked at half speed, it was still enough to crush Nicaragua, who most people thing was the second toughest rival in the group after Jamaica. Saint Martin, meanwhile, is expected, along with Aruba, to be the worst teams in the group. They tied against Aruba 1-1 in a game where both teams showed their deficiencies.
With all that in mind, the game is still 11 vs 11, and the vast amount of teams in the tournament means that the congested schedules will have games every two days for all the teams in the group. But if Mexico treats the game seriously and is not as affected in stamina, they should dispatch Saint Martin and concentrate on the toughest game, Tuesday’s match against Jamaica.
Date: Sunday, November 4
Time: 4:00 pm Pacific, 6:00pm Central, 7:00pm Eastern
Venue: IMG Soccer Stadium, Bradenton, Florida
TV: FOX Sports (Mexico)
Streaming: CONCACAF GO