Qualifying at all cost is El Tri’s primary objective and it starts in Columbus.
El Tri’s clash against the United States on Tuesday will be nothing like March’s dull tie at the Azteca, as the stakes have risen.
Mexico manager Jose Manuel De La Torre was fired after a 2-1 defeat to Honduras in the Azteca. Assistant manager Luis Fernando Tena will play the interim manager for the vital clash against the Yanks.
All has not been fantastic for the stars and strips either, as their stream of success in the Hexagonal came to an end in Costa Rica Friday. Thus, come Tuesday both teams will have everything to prove in Columbus.
Boasting tremendous form throughout qualifying, the Yanks will hope to kick El Tri while they are down. Especially after the slip up in Costa Rica, the Americans will hope to regain that confidence against El Tri.
El Tri struggling tremendously has been deficient of goals. The United States has outscored Mexico in the Hexagonal 8 to 4.
The United States, playing at home, will not defend with tactical barricades of 10 men; and El Tri might just be able to find the space they need to punish the Yanks.
With the struggles Mexico has been having penetrating defenses in qualifying, El Tri will surely welcome an attacking game, a style of play that Mexico favors and has proven to be deadly with.
With memories of the dull stalemate at the Azteca still present in the minds of fans, aficionados from both ends will certainly favor an open game.
The United States will surely take the game to El Tri, being in front of a packed home crowd.
Unlike the Azteca qualifier, the Columbus clash shows promise from a spectator’s point of view. Fans will anxiously await the kickoff. This fixture could be one of the most entertaining matches of qualifying. The atmosphere in Columbus will be hostile.
And the Yanks run of success at home might just be too much for El Tri to handle. Certainly memories of Mexico’s last qualifier in Columbus don’t favor El Tri.
Nonetheless, Mexico will hope to turn the tables on the Yanks and rewrite history. A victory against their biggest rivals in Columbus just might be what Mexico needs to bounce back into contention for qualifying to Brazil 2014.