Mexico vs. Canada, 2013 Gold Cup: Preview and TV schedule

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El Tri and Canada are surprisingly in dire straits after their opening match losses. The Canadians, having failed to beat the weakest team in Group A, need a miracle against Mexico to realistically stay alive in Gold Cup.

Mexico manager 'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre could be fighting for his job on Thursday while Canada probably can't wait for new manager Benito Floro to take over.

Interim manager Colin Miller has been put into a tough spot, trying to bridge the underachieving Canadians between their 8-1 loss to Honduras and the beginning of Floro's reign, and things have gone about as poorly as they possibly could. Canada almost certainly had ambitions to make the Gold Cup knockout stage, but a loss to Martinique in the opening game has put that very much in doubt.

They meed something approaching a miracle on Thursday night, but it just might come. As disappointing as Canada have been over the last year, Mexico have disappointed even more. While they did bring a B-team to the Gold Cup, they have arguably the most talent in the tournament and were thoroughly outplayed by Panama in their opening game. The loss was just the latest in a string of very poor results for Mexico, who have only put in one very good performance -- their win over Japan at Confederations Cup -- in 2013.

Under normal circumstances, Mexico would beat Canada by one or two goals in a well-played and competitive match. These are not normal circumstances, and no result in this game should be considered shocking.

Match date/time: Thursday, 11 p.m. ET

Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

TV: FOX Soccer (U.S. - English), UniMas (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet World (Canada), ESPN (U.K.)

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