KAZAN, Russia -- The scenarios are simple. If Mexico wins or ties host Russia in Kazan on Saturday, El Tri will advance from Group A in the Confederations Cup. Lose and the criticism -- which is already fierce -- will rain down on Mexico, who will have failed to reach the expected goals in major tournaments for two consecutive summers.
This match is being framed as "judgement day" for Juan Carlos Osorio and his Mexico team, however unfair that might seem.
KAZAN, Russia -- Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has said defender Hector Moreno is not fully fit and may miss the crucial Confederations Cup match against Russia on Saturday.
Roma centre-back Moreno came off the bench to replace injured Carlos Salcedo in the 33rd minute of Mexico's 2-1 victory over New Zealand on Wednesday, but came off with a suspected injury in the 68th minute.
"I hope that Hector Moreno will be in tomorrow's game -- he's in the recovery process," Osorio told a news conference.
SOCHI, Russia -- Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo will require surgery and miss at least three months after injuring his shoulder during Mexico's 2-1 victory over New Zealand in Confederations Cup, his club, Eintracht Frankfurt confirmed on Thursday.
Salcedo, 23, was stretchered off the field in the 33rd minute of the match with the shoulder injury and was taken to hospital.
A news release from the Mexican federation early Thursday confirmed that Salcedo had damaged the ligament in the acromioclavicular...