SAN DIEGO - The Mexican National Team will play their only preparation match before heading into a last chance playoff series against New Zealand for a World Cup ticket. Things have not run smoothly for Mexico in this World Cup Qualifying campaign, and will have their fifth manager in this World Cup cycle.
The Mexico vs Finland match is scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday October 30 at 8:00PM local time from the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA
Miguel Herrera has taken his Club America as the base for this National Team and will look to incorporate a few other players to cover the foreign players America uses. Herrera true to his style has already announced what will be tomorrow’s lineup during the press conference he gave today after the team’s training session. Seven of the eleven starters are from his America side that won the league championship last season.
Whether or not Herrera will call up European based players for the crucial matchups against New Zealand is still to be decided. “I don’t know, I will analyze tomorrow’s game and see if there is anything that is missing that a European based player can offer. But to be honest if I do call them it won’t be many, it doesn’t make sense to make them travel so far into the altitude of Mexico, then make them travel all the way to New Zealand. They’ll be worn out.” Said Miguel Herrera.
While the team trained today, Mexico did receive some bad news. FIFA has denied their request to allow Argentine born and recently naturalized Mexican citizen Rubens Sambueza to play for El Tri. FIFA recently changed their rules, and now due to the fact that Sambueza played for Argentina’s U17 squad he is no longer eligible to play for Mexico. But Miguel Herrera considers this “No big deal.”
“We were never planning on having Sambueza until we had the ‘ok’ from FIFA. This never came, so we move forward as we have been planning.”
Here is the announced Mexico lineup for their match against Finland.