The 32 teams that are qualified for the 2014 World Cup are surely getting their preparations for the tournament in order. One of the things that the federations are wrapping up are the schedules for the friendly games which they will be playing prior to stepping foot in Brazil for the tournament.
In this regard, Mexico is no different as respected journalist John Sutcliffe recently told ESPN Deportes whom Mexico will or might play in the lead-up to the tournament.
It was already known that Mexico will play three friendlies as part of their preparation for the World Cup. In two weeks from today, Mexico will take on South Korea in a friendly to be played in San Antonio with a squad that is expected to feature many of the players that coach Miguel Herrera called up for the World Cup Qualifying Playoff win over New Zealand.
The second confirmed game will see Mexico taking on Nigeria in Atlanta on March 5, with the significance being that it will be the only FIFA-friendly date for all of the national teams ahead of the tournament. Mexico will then play Ecuador on May 31st at Cowboys Stadium.
Sutcliffe stated that their are three other games in the works. The first game is slated for sometime in May, most likely around the day of the Champions League final at the Estadio Azteca against either Poland, Switzerland or Belgium. This will serve as a sendoff for the team on home soil prior to the final phase of preparations in the United States.
The other two games will reportedly take place on June 3 in Chicago against Bosnia and Herzegovina and then on June 6 against Portugal at Metlife Stadium. This would be the last friendly before ‘El Tri’ departs for Brazil.
The two games that are the most important for Mexico fans to pay attention are the first two games in 2014 against South Korea and Nigeria. From these games, we will be able to make some early observations and guesses as to whom Herrera will include as part of his 23-man squad for the World Cup.
Who gets called up to those games will let us know what local players are certain to go, which European legion seems certain to make the squad, and if there will be any surprise call-ups.