Mexico continues their money-making tour of the United States/World Cup Qualifying preparation with a friendly match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday night. El Tri is coming off a solid 2-0 win over Wales in New Jersey, and now takes their talents to Chicago, where they'll be effectively a home team in a 'neutral site' friendly.
Bosnia-Herzegovina's last match didn't go well, and they're not exactly carrying any positive momentum into Thursday night's game. They were very poor against Ireland on Saturday, and the 1-0 score doesn't tell the whole story. Ireland's finishing was poor while Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was excellent. They could have very easily lost by three or four goals.
Mexico is without a number of their best young talents, as they play in a separate Under-23 tournament in preparation for the Olympics. This means that a number of fringe players in the 23-to-25-year-old age range are getting chances at playing time with El Tri. Jesus Molina, Edgar Andrade, Jesus Zavala, Hugo Ayala and Severo Meza fall into this category. Meza, Andrade and Zavala all started against Wales. Meza put in a good showing at right back, and might have an opportunity to take over that spot full time if he can put in another good performance.
Aldo de Nigris started that match as well, while 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez rested. Because of his two-goal effort in that game, de Nigris might get another run-out while Chicharito spends another game on the bench, though 'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre might reinstate Hernandez simply to avoid a potential future selection controversy. Andrade was solid in place of the resting Andres Guardado, but the former Deportivo La Coruña star, who was finalizing terms with new club Valencia when the Wales match rolled around, could return to the starting lineup.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, 9 p.m. ET
Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: Univision (U.S. - Spanish)
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