Mexico announced that they will play a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on October 2nd in preparation for their CONCACAF Nations League debut. The game will be played in Toluca and will be part of a doubleheader along with the Copa MX match between Toluca and Veracruz. Since the game is going to be played in a non FIFA date, the team will probably only have Liga MX players, making it seem as that will be the type of team that national team Coach Gerardo Martino will bring to play in the Nations League.
This will be the first time Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago clash since the 2017 World Cup Qualifier in San Luis Potosi. The match, which was a special night since it was the first game played after the September 19th earthquake in Mexico City, finished with a 3-1 win for Mexico, a win that wasn’t as easy as the score suggests. Not only did Trinidad and Tobago take the lead, but even with an A-squad, Mexico didn’t get the final two goals until the final minutes of the game. That same Trinidad and Tobago team would days later defeat the United States at home and eliminate them from the 2018 World Cup.
Trinidad and Tobago have always played a style that gives Mexico trouble and their two previous results before the World Cup qualifiers were proof of that. Mexico tied Trinidad and Tobago in the 2015 Gold Cup with a score of 4-4. Then in Ricardo Ferretti’s first game under his intern job in the middle of the Miguel Herrera-Juan Carlos Osorio transition, they tied 3-3 in a friendly in Utah. In that game Trinidad and Tobago didn’t have its best team on the field and still gave a Mexican B+ squad trouble.
That said, this game might serve as the ideal preparation for what should be two physical matches in the Nations League against Bermuda and Panama. Mexico will make their Nations League debut on October 11th away to Bermuda before going back home to take on Panama on October 15th.