We are less than two weeks away from the start of the 2019 Gold Cup. On Wednesday, Mexico play their penultimate friendly ahead of the start of the competition when they take on Venezuela at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
For coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino, this will be only his third game in charge of the Mexico National Team and his first since the month of March when El Tri beat both Chile and Paraguay.
Martino has a difficult task ahead as injuries and major absences have been a constant theme for El Tri across the last few weeks. Just from his initial 29-man call-up, Miguel Layun and Hirving Lozano have already been ruled out, and a pair of others like Marco Fabian and Ivan Rodriguez remain a huge doubt.
Like with Mexico, Venezuela are preparing for their own competition as they get ready to participate in the 2019 Copa America. La Vinotinto has always been a rather easy opponent for Mexico, but lately, they have managed to draw three of their last four meetings versus El Tri.
Of course, when it comes to México there is always pressure, especially when a packed house is expected at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It will be interesting to see how Martino and company cope with all the absences, and what kind of lineup tinkering we can see against an improving Venezuela side. Perhaps most importantly, Mexico fans will be praying there aren’t any more injuries.
Date: Wednesday, June 5
Time: 5:30pm Pacific, 7:30pm Central, 8:30pm Eastern
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Univision Deportes (US-Español), Unimás (US-Español), TDN(Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico)
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