Mexico Soccer: El Tri’s big return draws more questions than answers


Sporting an unusual orange/black attire El Tri reverted back to its old ways as it drew 0-0 to Nigeria yesterday in the Georgia Dome.

The thrilling affair was left unresolved, as Mexico’s European based players left behind more questions than answers on their return to El Tri.

A sub-par performance from the little pea Javier Hernandez accompanied by the abscence of Giovani Dos Santos, stacked by the inexsistent presence of Andres Guardado in yesterdays match left El Tri in questionable doubt.

Much too early to come to any definitive conclusions El Tri’s stalemate against the Super Eagles is proof that Mexico as a whole still has much to improve before the summers tournament.

El Tri has to break its habit of conforming with anything less than a victory. In the World Cup every match has importance, so should El Tri revert back to its old ways of settling the way it did in qualifying it would spell out disaster for El Tri’s chances of advancing from its group let alone surpassing the round of 16.

Wednesday’s was eclipsed by  standout performances from the keepers. A sublime performance from Guillermo Ochoa and Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama maintained the scoresheet at zero after several attempts from both sides to open it up.

Ochoa made sure to justify the opportunity given to him as head coach Miguel Herrera gave him all 90 minutes to impress. Ochoa did not dissapoint as he appeared to be one of the only exceptions from the list of players playing abroad to prove he is in good form.

FC Porto midfielder Hector Herrera made a surprise start for El Tri as well after a long abscence away and proved to be just as lively as he was in the London Olympics.

Still it is apparent that many of the European based players are not getting enough action with their respective clubs. El Tri has much to improve before Brazil and now it is uncertain if El Tri will be at 100 percent for the kickoff of the World Cup.