The pre-World Cup international friendly, Mexico vs Ecuador, will take place this Saturday, May 30, 2014 (12:00 PM Pacific) at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The friendly between ‘El Tri’ and ‘La Tri’ will be a difficult and important match for both teams in their strong preparation for the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup. The tournament is less than two weeks from its start, therefore this game will begin to demonstrate the form, strengths, and weaknesses which each side carries.
Miguel Herrera and his pupils have a strong contest ahead of them, in a friendly which will allow the Mexican manager to start deciding who his starting XI will be on June 13th against Cameroon. The ‘tricolor’ played a decent match against Israel last Wednesday at the Estadio Azteca in what was their farewell from Mexico prior to the start of the World Cup. Although they won that game 3-0, the team looked out of form, and with much work to do.
This Saturday, several ‘starting’ players like Giovani Dos Santos, Rafael Marquez, Luis Montes, Hector Herrera, and Carlos Peña will be available, which will undoubtedly give the team a better look than in the game against Israel. Piojo Herrera will also focus on goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who is in a deep battle for the starting position against Jesus Corona. Ochoa must have a perfect game if he dreams on starting in the first game against Cameroon.
In Ecuador there are numerous familiar names and faces to the Liga MX. In fact, there are seven players which currently play in the Mexican league, as well as several others who once were part of it. The most notorious player which could make a mark this Saturday is Enner Valencia who plays for Pachuca. The striker/winger scored 18 goals for the Tuzos this part season, and he will be fighting for a starting position next to Felipe Caicedo in the world Cup.
Mexico vs Ecuador Prediction
Although Mexico‘s era under ‘Piojo’ Herrera has been very short, Mexico has yet to lose a single match. Herrera’s team focuses on controlling the ball followed by a a dynamic attack that tends to give the opposition a difficult time. Against Ecuador Mexico will most likely face its most difficult rival in the Herrera era, yet, both sides are still in training mode.
Both ‘El Tri’ and ‘La Tri’ have talented sides, and their initial starting lineups will be top class. That will translate into the first 55 minutes being intense, with both sides attacking and also where the goals will come by. The last 35 minutes will be used to try different players, and that will lead to numerous substitutions and a decrease in game intensity. In a great match, Mexico will remain undefeated in this coaching era, yet there will be no winner. The Mexico vs Ecuador international friendly will end in a 2-2 draw.
Mexico vs Ecuador TV Schedule
The Mexico vs Ecuador match will be televised on Univision and ESPNnews at 12:00 PM Pacific.
Mexico vs Ecuador Highlights
The Mexico vs Ecuador video highlights will be uploaded soon after the end of the match.