PASADENA, Calif. -- Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has scored in two World Cups, the Champions League, La Liga, Premier League and, most recent, the Bundesliga. But the most prominent and recognized Mexican player of his generation has never put the ball into the back of the net against El Tri's great rival the United States.
Indeed, aside from the 2011 Gold Cup final, Hernandez has never been on the winning side against the States. Since that match, Mexico hasn't scored a goal in the 270 minutes...
PASADENA, Calif. -- Respectful of the opposition and confident that the team can go out and get the job done. That's the message from the Mexico camp ahead of Saturday's CONCACAF Cup against the United States.
While the tone from El Tri's camp is usually one that states the team simply has to defeat its archrival, on Friday interim coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti sought to take that heat out of a rivalry that has been tempestuous in the past.
LOS ANGELES -- Nobody here is in any doubt as to which side is under pressure, but pressure in soccer is no bad thing, as long as you can find ways to use it to your advantage. To beat the United States, Mexico will need to play good football and will also need a large dose of personality and spirit.
The pressure is, almost entirely, on Mexico.
The media in the U.S. is still occupied with the start of the American football season (the NFL that changes them and inspires genuine outbreaks of passion)...
It's not often that a goalkeeper wins an international trophy as the starter and then is left off the roster for the next important match just months later, but that's exactly the case for Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa.
He won the Gold Cup with El Tri this summer, which put the team into the CONCACAF Cup playoff against the United States this weekend, but isn't on Mexico's squad for the match. The winner of the game will go on to compete in the Confederations Cup.