Mexico Soccer: El Tri vs. the round of 16


To make an impact on the big stage one has to defeat giants, Mexico’s clash with the Netherlands just might be that defining moment for El Tri. It’s a glorious opportunity for El Tri to rewrite its wretched World Cup history, and become a respected force at the international level.

A victory over the Netherlands would be a tremendous boost for El Tri, landing on cloud nine there is no telling what Mexico will accomplish if they get past the round of 16.

This phase of the tournament has been Mexico’s kryptonite for 5 World Cups running. Surpassing this round seems even more important than the opponent itself. El Tri fans may even dare say they fear this round more than the dutch.

This round in the World Cup brings back memories that sting various generations of Mexico fans. It seems its about time for El Tri to  compensate for all those devestating moments in Mexico’s World Cup history.

Exceeding this phase seems the objective, but few have pondered Mexico’s possibilities after this round.

El Tri and the Netherlands have arrived in the round of 16 playing equally entertaining football. Although the Netherlands has outscored El Tri 10 to 4, El Tri has proven it also knows how to flex its muscles.

The determing factor this Sunday will be El Tri’s ability to finish its opportunities. Giovani Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta will have to be on target this Sunday, Mexico has proven it can create and create, but that final finish has always been lacking up top.

On the contrary, the dutch have players that can kill opportunities left and right when given the chance. Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben are game changers because they know how to finish the few opportunities they get.

Mexico has to learn how to kill, its chances of advancing crucially depend on it.