The Mexico National Team remains perfect in the Gerardo “Tata” Martino era, with three wins in three matches. On Sunday, El Tri will look to make it four out of four in what will be their last friendly before the start of the 2019 Gold Cup.
Mexico arrive fresh off a 3-1 win over Venezuela and have excelled in all three friendlies they have played under Gerardo “Tata” Martino. However, with the Gold Cup just around the corner, things are set to get a lot more serious as Mexico embark on their first official tournament under their new head coach. For Martino, this will be his last 90 minutes to tinker around with players and lineups before shifting his complete focus on guiding El Tri to another Gold Cup title.
But while getting the product completely right before the start of the tournament will be important, avoiding injuries will be just as significant. That’s because Mexico has been under an injury crisis for the last few weeks, and there was even some doubt about whether starting defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez would be ready to play after exiting last Wednesday’s friendly with an apparent knock. Amongst the players that are already missing for Mexico because of injury are Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and Miguel Layun.
For Ecuador, they are also getting ready for their own Summer tournament. La Tricolor are set to travel to Brazil to participate in the 2019 Copa America, where they will share Group C with Uruguay, Japan and Chile.
Ecuador’s squad includes plenty of Liga MX regulars like Renato Ibarra, Angel Mena and recently crowned Liga MX champion Enner Valencia. Their last game was also against Venezuela, in a 1-1 draw played in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Date: Sunday, June 9
Time: 4:00pm Pacific, 6:00pm Central, 7:00pm Eastern
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
TV: Univision Deportes (US-Español), Univision (US-Español), TDN(Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico), Canal de las Estrellas (Mexico)
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