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 By Nayib Moran

Omar Govea continues special season, Marco Fabian nears return

The guys discuss Bruce Arena's TV appearance, Mexico's successful international break and how to fix the MLS Cup playoffs.

With Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez out with a hamstring strain that could take two weeks to heal and Andres Guardado scheduled to play Monday night, this weekend's action of Mexico's European legion wasn't as heavy. Most of Mexico's players were coming off a week-and-a-half stretch that included friendlies against Belgium and Poland. Chicharito got injured during the Belgium game, and that's why he missed David Moyes' debut with West Ham, which finished with a 2-0 loss to Watford.

One of the main...

Six lessons for the World Cup from Juan Carlos Osorio's six Mexico losses

The FC crew answer your tweets on Germany's Confederations Cup squad, Juan Carlos Osorio's future with Mexico and much more.

With less than seven months to go until the 2018 World Cup, the Mexico national team is at a very good point in its preparation.

The squad not only finished at the top of CONCACAF's Hexagonal, but also recently finished a European friendly tour with a 1-0 win over Poland and a noteworthy 3-3 draw against Belgium. Mexico currently has a good balance of experience and youth within its roster and is developing exciting names like Hirving Lozano and Edson Alvarez before Russia 2018.

All that said, there...

 By Tom Marshall

Five things we learned about Mexico in their European friendlies

Nestor Araujo showed that he belonged on the international stage during Mexico's European friendlies.

The end of international games for 2017 was satisfying for Mexico, with a 3-3 draw against Belgium in Brussels last Friday followed up by a 1-0 win over Poland in Gdansk on Monday.

Here's what we learned from El Tri's European trip:

1. Mexico can compete...

Andres Guardado said ahead of the Belgium game that while some might think he is crazy, Mexico's mentality is fixed on winning next summer's World Cup. There won't be many who share Guardado's optimism, but the Real Betis midfielder's optimism...

Andres Guardado 9/10 as Mexico wrap up 1-0 friendly win in Poland

Andres Guardado, left, anchored Mexico's midfield as they wrapped up a friendly win in Poland.

In a friendly that appeared more like a training session, Mexico coasted to a straightforward 1-0 win over Poland on Monday. Following an early goal from Raul Jimenez in the 13th minute, El Tri had no problems against a surprisingly conservative opposition at the Gdansk Arena.

With the victory in hand and an eye-catching 3-3 draw with Belgium last Friday, Mexico fans should be thrilled about this trip to Europe.

Positives

Although both sides fielded numerous backups, Mexico was able to gain...

 By Tom Marshall

Raul Jimenez scores as Mexico beats Poland 1-0 to finish on a high

Raul Jimenez celebrates his goal in Mexico's defeat of Poland.
Raul Jimenez celebrates after scoring the lone goal in the 13th minute.

Mexico defeated Poland 1-0 on Monday in El Tri's final game of 2017. Here are three takes from the friendly:

1. Mexico ends 2017 on a high

This 1-0 win was significant, even in a friendly. It was another rare away game for Mexico, another chance to prove in Europe that this team has improved under Juan Carlos Osorio.

The answer was conclusive: Mexico made seven changes from the game against Belgium in Brussels and was the better team over the 90 minutes. The victory was deserved and there was...

 By Nayib Moran

Mexico's defensive deficiencies could lead Osorio to revert to a five-man defence

In order to tidy up Mexico's defence, Juan Carlos Osorio could elect to return to a five-man backline.

MEXICO CITY -- There's a series of events that have to be recognized in the Juan Carlos Osorio era as Mexico's manager. El Tri's 2-1 win in Columbus, where Osorio decided to include Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, Carlos Vela, Giovani dos Santos and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the starting XI, is a memory that will be hard to beat. In retrospect, that decision is one which has characterized Osorio since he took over Mexico's managerial job in 2015. He's not scared of overloading the attack,...