Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Mexico aims to end Azteca drought
September 6th, 2013 12:47AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mexico, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[HEXAGONAL: Matchday 7] It's 1v2, 3v4 and 5v6 on Matchday 7 of World Cup 2014 qualifying in the Concacaf zone. For third-place Mexico, which hosts Honduras at Azteca Stadium, it's all about scoring goals -- something it has yet to do in three scoreless draws at home. Panama hosts Jamaica in a must-win game for the Canaleros.

The days of the talk of Mexico's golden generation are over, and Luis Manuel de la Torre is expected to rely on veterans like 2012 Olympic hero Oribe Peralta, Fernando Arce, Christian Gimenezand Gerardo Torrado to scrape out a win against Honduras, which returns giant central defenders Victor Bernardez and Mayor Figueroa, who were missing when the Catrachos fell to the USA, 1-0, in their last qualifier.

The mood in the Mexico camp has improved since Mexico's First Division club presidents chose to keep Chepo and El Tri hammered Ivory Coast, 4-1, in a friendly.

But everything isn't rosy with El Tri. French-based goalie Guillermo Ochoa joined Carlos Vela of Real Sociedad in boycotting the national team.

Panama is the only team in the Hexagonal that has never played in the World Cup finals and needs the three points against Jamaica, loser of its three June qualifiers, to stay in the hunt for at least fourth place and a berth in the November playoff against New Zealand.

Panama reached the final of the Gold Cup following a pair of victories over Mexico, but Coach Julio Cesar Dely Valdes says he's worried about the Reggae Boyz, who have nothing to lose under new coach Winfried Schaefer.

"I haven't been sleeping well," Dely Valdes said on the eve of the match.

Hexagonal Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
13 USA 4-1-1 7/3
11 Costa Rica 3-2-1 8/4
8 Mexico 1-5-0 3/2
7 Honduras 2-1-3 6/7
6 Panama 1-3-2 5/7
2 Jamaica 0-2-4 2/8

Hexagonal Schedule:
Sept. 6
Costa Rica-USA
Mexico-Honduras
Panama-Jamaica
Sept. 10
USA-Mexico
Jamaica-Costa Rica
Honduras-Panama
Oct. 11
USA-Jamaica
Mexico-Panama
Honduras-Costa Rica
Oct. 15
Panama-USA
Jamaica-Honduras
Costa Rica-Mexico


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Doin' the Yaya Toure Hustle    
Embarrassing video of Yaya Toure lollygagging around the Bernabeau on Wednesday embodied Manchester City's listless Champions ...
MLS's best player moves of 2016 (Part 1)    
How complicated are MLS rules for a team seeking to sign a player? The league lists ...
MLS: Rolfe and Manneh handed bans    
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe and Vancouver's Kekuta Manneh for ...
No U.S. refs picked for Olympic Games    
The FIFA Referees Committee named 32 referees and 56 assistant refs for men's and women's Olympic ...
What They're Saying: Jamie Vardy lookalike Lee Chapman    
"Ranieri spotted me. The rest of the players were banging on the window for me to ...
NASL: Rowdies sign former England international Joe Cole    
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed former England international Joe Cole on a contract through the ...
TV Report: Wambach joins ESPN    
ESPN has hired retired women's star Abby Wambach to serve as an analyst and contributor, beginning ...
What They're Saying: Guus Huddink    
"If you have done some judo and wrestling, you can easily fall. Even at my age, ...
Video Pick: Big goalkeeper blooper punished with volley    
In the German Bundesliga 2, first-place Freiburg led last-place Paderborn, 2-0, when goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow shanked ...
Making a List: U.S. Copa Centenario representation    
A total of 59 players representing 27 teams in MLS, the NASL and USL were named ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives