The Mexican national team has a chance to secure a spot in the CONCACAF Nations League playoffs when it travels to Panama for its third group stage match tonight. El Tri has predictably made light work of the competition thus far, including a 3-1 win over this same Panama team at home last month. If they can go away from home in a tough environment and pick up three points, the road to winning another CONCACAF competition will open up for Mexico.
Panama vs. Mexico
The most impressive thing about Mexico easily pushing through the group stage of this new tournament is that Tata Martino has taken the chance to incorporate some younger players into his already stacked squad. Established stars like Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Hector Herrera all get to rest with their European clubs while some new faces get to prove they belong on the international level.
Jose Juan Macias, a 20-year-old forward who plays for Club Leon, has been the newcomer to shine given the chance. He has three goals through the opening two matches and looks to be setting himself up for a bigger role with the team in the future.
For now, it’s all about clinching a playoff spot for Martino’s young squad. Mexico has proven to be an unstoppable juggernaut in the region and Tata’s introduction as manager has only magnified that. Despite a slip-up against top competition, Mexico’s stranglehold on CONCACAF has only become more firm since the Argentinian took over at the beginning of the year.
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Source:: Daily Times