We are now just weeks away from the 2018 World Cup, and things are starting to get serious for the Mexico national team. There is still question marks of who coach Juan Carlos Osorio will take to Russia, and the anticipation is starting to build ahead of the big game against Germany.
With several players still fighting for those final positions and a handful of injuries to take into account, El Tri travel to Pasadena, California to take on Wales. It’s a match that beyond all the marketing and sponsorship responsibilities will serve as one final test for a lot of these Mexican players looking to impress Osorio one last time.
Obviously, Wales will be without their star player Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid forward was on Champions League Final duty and will be unavailable for coach Ryan Giggs. At his disposal, however, will be Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who will no doubt be recognized by a lot of the Premier League faithful .
Among the players unavailable for El Tri: Nestor Araujo(out of the World Cup), Rafael Marquez, Alfredo Talavera, Miguel Layun, Andres Guardado, Diego Reyes, and Hector Moreno. In addition, Major League Soccer’s Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos, and Carlos Vela will be on very short day’s rest.
Goodbyes are never easy, and as Mexico get ready to bid farewell to their fans in the United States, Wales won’t be a piece of cake. That said, there are sure to be plenty of conclusions to take from this match, and of course, hopefully no injuries to talk about at the end of the game.
Date: Monday, May 28
Time: 6:00pm Pacific, 8:00pm Central, 9:00pm Eastern
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
TV: UniMás (US - Spanish), Univision Deportes Network (US - Spanish), FOX Sports 1 (US-English), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), TDN (Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico)