Mexico vs Uruguay Pre-match notes

Its 11 am and is 110 degrees Fahrenheit in another lovely Glendale Arizona morning, a perfect day to for a match of futbol today in Mexico vs Uruguay, today at 5 pm local time.

This will be the 10th time Mexico makes an appearance in the prestigious Copa America. Quite fitting that its their 100th anniversary, which makes Copa America the oldest tournament in the sport of Futbol. Mexico’s participation since 1993 has reaped a record of 17 wins, 12 ties and 15 losses while scoring 60 goals and receving 53.

 

A few notes:

Mexico’s head to head record vs Uruguay is 7 wins 7 ties and 5 losses.

In Copa America, Mexico leads the series vs Uruguay at 2 wins, 2 ties and 1 loss scoring 8 goals and conceding 6

In the last Copa America match ups, Uruguay beat Mexico 1-0 to a sub-23 Mexican team

Mexico destroyed Uruguay 3-1 with the help of the shooting star that glistened our collective watery eyes called Nery Castillo.

Mexico’s best ever finish was in their debut, Copa America 1993 in Ecuador and Copa America 2001 which was held in Colombia in which they finished runners up

Mexico has a record of 1 win, 3 ties and one 1 loss at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The lone win was vs Guadalupe in the 2009 Gold Cup. The one loss was vs the United States in Hugo Sanchez’s disastrous debut as manager with the Mexican National Team.

Uruguay has a record vs CONCACAF opponents of 3 wins, 3 ties and 3 losses in Copa America Tournaments.

 

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Mexico Boss Osorio’s Open Door Policy for the Tricolor

Mexico Boss Osorio’s Open Door Policy for the Tricolor

Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio has opened the doors of the national team to naturalized players whilst setting the Tricolor’s objectives for a competitive 2016 schedule. “There is no black list, all Mexicans and naturalized players can be in the national team,” assured Osorio during a Federacion Mexicana de Futbol (FMF) press conference.

The black list was in reference to Alan Puldio who left Tigres UANL under a cloud of controversy and is believed to be banned from the national team by FMF until he settles his problem with the defending Liga MX champions. Still, Osorio wants to make the best of the players that are at his disposal and will cap any player he sees fit.

“I have a list of 54 players (for selection) and two of those players are naturalized, Guido Pizarro and Ismael Sosa, but they are ineligible,” admitted Osorio. Pizarro had played the 2007 U-17 World Cup with Argentina whilst Sosa participated in U-20 qualifying campaign for the same country.

With the Tricolor facing two tournaments this summer: Olympics and Copa America Centenario Osorio will be taking key players opinions, on which tourney they want to participate in, into consideration. “We can’t for any reason undermine the ideas of any player because I believe that will have a lot of influence in the final decision.”

“I believe that it will not be a personal decision of me lending players to (U-23 coach) Raul Gutierrez. I believe this is about what is best for Mexican soccer and it will be very important when we finally make that final decision (of which three overage players will compete in the Olympics) the opinions of the professor Gutierrez, my coaching staff, the players, and clubs.”

Osorio also set Mexico’s objective for the Copa America claiming that “we will fight to reach the final.” For the Colombian a good showing at the tourney will “demonstrate that Mexican soccer is among the best in all of the continent.” Osorio then added that Brazil are the team pressure to have a good tourney to make up for their failed World Cup.

Despite the cup being held as a one hundred year celebration of the tourney Osorio feels the Tri will still be expected to have a good showing. “This Cup compromises the entire coaching staff and we believe that it is a great opportunity for Mexican soccer, to compete against the best, it will be a great event and we like to compete against the best team,” finalized Osorio.