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J.J. Macias scores debut goal as Mexico beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0

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Jose Juan Macias made the best of his debut with the senior Mexico National Team, scoring in a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.

El Tri took the lead in the 23rd minute when Trinidad and Tobago gave the ball away cheaply to Macias in their own half and the 20-year-old took it all the way to slot in his first goal with the Mexico National Team.

Club América’s Sebastian Cordova, fresh off scoring twice against Chivas, provided a constant threat in between lines and a pass to Jesus Angulo led to Mexico’s second goal of the night.

Mexico’s dominance continued immediately after the break, with Marvin Philip denying Macias a second goal with a good two-handed save. Philip was arguably the Soca Warriors’ best player and he had a hand at another excellent save moments later, this time blocking a Jairo Torres shot.

With Trinidad and Tobago players visibly exhausted, Mexico had several more chances to extend their lead, most notably through an Ivan Rodriguez shot that caressed the woodwork. At the end, however, the score would stand 2-0 in favor of El Tri.

For Gerardo Martino, who handed a total of 12 senior national team debuts in tonight’s match, this was a chance to see many of Mexico’s younger players as El Tri get ready to compete in the CONCACAF Nations League and the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers. Mexico’s next match will be on October 11 against Bermuda in their first game of the CONCACAF Nations League.