With little time to celebrate Saturday's significant CONCACAF Cup victory, Mexico interim manager Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti and El Tri are preparing for Tuesday's friendly against Panama in Toluca. The match will be Ferretti's last as interim manager and the last for Mexico before the start of next month's World Cup Qualifying run.
Here are five things to watch from El Tri on Tuesday.
1. The impact of Carlos Vela, Jonathan dos Santos and Jesus "Tecatito" Corona
PASADENA, Calif. -- Mexico's 3-2 win over the United States was different in many ways than any previous victory over its bitter rivals, yet at the same time it felt comfortingly familiar to El Tri fans.
The Rose Bowl pregame was a rollicking festival of Mexico fans drinking and celebrating as usual, but there was a sprinkling of American fans doing the same while decked out in red, white and blue.
PASADENA, Calif. -- Jermaine Jones stared down at the pavement, the bitterness and disappointment seeping out of every pore. The United States had just fallen 3-2 in extra time to archrivals Mexico, and the spot in the Confederations Cup that seemed to be in the Americans' grasp just a few months ago was now gone thanks to Paul Aguilar's stunning volley with just two minutes of the match remaining.
"It's bad," said Jones about the taste the defeat left. "For me it's the second time that I've lost...
PASADENA, Calif. -- There was no lack of drama in Saturday night's thrilling 3-2 victory for Mexico against the United States in the CONCACAF Cup.
A late equalizer in extra time by American Bobby Wood seemed to quiet El Tri, but Paul Aguilar responded with a fantastic goal in the dying minutes that gave Mexico the significant win in Pasadena. With Aguilar leading the ratings with his fantastic performance, let's check how the rest of Mexico's players did in their win.
PASADENA, Calif. - "I'm still the King," read the tifo Mexico fans unfurled ahead of Saturday's match against the United States and, at least in terms of representing the CONCACAF region at the Confederations Cup, El Tri is still the top dog.
Mexico had a sweetly struck volley from Paul Aguilar in the 118th minute to thank for a 3-2 victory against the U.S. in the CONCACAF Cup, sending El Tri to the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez opened the scoring...