An experimental Mexico workforce was held to a scoreless stalemate by Guatemala in a pleasant Wednesday at Orlando’s Tenting World Stadium.
Regardless of the dearth of objectives, the exhibition featured a full of life environment and an brisk begin from each side. Whereas El Tri managed possession and out-shot their opposition eight to 2 within the first half, Guatemala did nicely to create a handful of harmful counters that pressured the CONCACAF giants.
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Within the second half, Mexico elevated their strain and ultimately shifted to a different gear because of the introductions of substitutes Erik Lira, Jordan Carrillo, Mexican-American Jonathan Gomez and Arsenal academy star Marcelo Flores.
But, led from the sideline by Luis Fernando Tena — Mexico’s gold medal-winning coach within the 2012 Olympics — Guatemala was in a position to shut-out El Tri with their defensive-minded, organized strategy.
Mexico have been with out supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who was unable to fly resulting from recovering from a watch process. In his place, assistant coach Jorge Theiler led El Tri within the pleasant. Mexico’s younger roster was an alternate one which featured senior debuts for Carrillo, Gomez, Arturo Ortiz and Luis Chavez.
El Tri will proceed their preparations for the 2022 World Cup with extra U.S.-based exhibition matches towards Nigeria on Could 28 in Arlington, Texas; Uruguay on June 2 in Glendale, Arizona; Ecuador on June 5 in Chicago; and Paraguay on August 31 in Atlanta.
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Mexico, who certified for Qatar after ending second in CONCACAF’s Octagonal spherical final month, may also play CONCACAF Nations League matches towards Suriname on June 11 in Torreon, Mexico, and away towards Jamaica on June 14.
Guatemala at the moment are undefeated of their final seven matches and can face French Guiana (away on June 2) and Belize (dwelling on June 5) within the CONCACAF Nations League.