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Mexico announce friendlies ahead of U-20 World Cup

Mexico will play three friendlies and have a training camp in Austria prior to their tripl to Poland.

Mexico vs Aruba in the U20 CONCACAF Championship
Rafael Hernandez

As Mexico announced their U-20 World Cup squad, they also announced their final friendlies ahead of the start of the tournament, which will consist of three friendlies in two countries. Mexico will first travel to Austria on May 5th, where they will play against Saudi Arabia and Colombia. On May 16th, the young El Tri side will finally arrive in Poland where they will close out their campaign with a friendly against New Zealand.

Mexico’s preparation for the U-20 World Cup actually started this week and will continue until next week with training in the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR) and with two friendlies against local teams.

Some questions might be asked about the teams Mexico will be facing because, although all three of them qualified to the U-20 World Cup, only Colombia looks to resemble a team like the one they will face in the actual tournament(Ecuador). The other team teams aren’t at all similar and don’t offer that much quality, especially compared to the “Group of Death” that Mexico got drawn in.

Mexico will officially open their World Cup campaign on May 23 against Italy in Gdynia, a benefit since Mexico will be the only team in the Group that won’t need to travel. Mexico will then face Japan on May 26 and finish their Group Stage participation against Ecuador on May 29th.