Mexico will be playing their first of two U-22 friendlies against Argentina on Saturday when they face each other in Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez in Ciudad Juarez. Both teams are in the process of preparing themselves for what will be their respective Olympic qualifiers. Argentina will have to travel to Colombia, where CONMEBOL’s Olympic tournament will be held in January and February, while Mexico will be hosting CONCACAF’s tournament in late March into early April, the last qualifying tournament to be held before the Olympics.
Mexico’s U-22 will be coached by Jaime Lozano and will be missing many key players that are going to be in the CONCACAF Nations League under Gerardo Martino. This includes players like Jose Juan Macias, Sebastian Cordova, Jonathan Gonzalez, Alan Mozo, Jesus Angulo and Erick Aguirre.
That said, a lot of players still made the trip like Sebastian Jurado, Ricardo Angulo (who scored in the senior friendly against Trinidad and Tobago), Jairo Torres, Jesus Godinez, Ismael Govea and Joaquin Esquivel. This will also be the first game for Alexis Vega with the U-22s after playing the Gold Cup with the senior team.
Regardless, Argentina will be a tough rival and it’s uncertain how a weakened Mexico side will fare against them. Mexico’s history against Argentina has recently been the stuff of nightmares, and most recently, Mexico’s senior team is coming from their first loss in the Gerardo Martino era by a score of 4-0.
Nonetheless, the last meeting by this very team was a 2-1 victory over Argentina in the Pan American games (the only one that Argentina had en route to the gold medal) in a game where Mexico won despite having 10 men. This time around, they will surely have a tougher task, and Lozano will have his work cut out, especially as Mexico keeps struggling offensively under his tenure.
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 4:55pm Pacific, 6:55pm Central, 7:55pm Eastern
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez, Ciudad Juárez, México
TV: TUDN USA (US-Español), TUDN (Mexico)
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