The Mexican national team face their first friendly game of the year against Guatemala on Wednesday night in Camping World Stadium, in Orlando Florida, on a match that had little emotions and ended in a scoreless draw.
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For the Chapines, the game turned to be a good exercise to measure against a team like the Aztec squad as they remain unbeaten since Luis Fernando Tena took over the team for the 2026 World Cup process, as they’ve won their three past games against Cuba, Haiti and El Salvador.
Even if El Tri didn’t play with their first nor second options and the result wasn’t the expected one, one of the bright spots of the night was the opportunity that young players received to be part of the senior team.
Players like Jonathan Gómez, Érick Sánchez, Jordan Carrillo and even Marcelo Flores had the chance to prove to Gerardo “Tata” Martino why they should be considered on the last part of the 2022 cycle at least as candidates to play in Qatar.
Not everyone was thrilled about Flores’s debut
Both Israel Reyes and Roberto “Piojo” Alvarado left the game early due to a request of their teams, given that Chivas will play against Club Necaxa on Friday night followed by the game between Mazatlán FC and Club Puebla.
The two Mexico internationals left their spots for Arturo “Palermo” Ortíz, who debuted on Wednesday night with El Tri, and Marcelo Flores, who played his second game with the senior squad and received an ovation as soon as he jumped in the pitch.
But inside the pitch, Sebastián Córdova wasn’t happy with the time that Flores received -he played over 30 minutes-, as he knows that if Flores gains regularity, he can steal the spot that Martino has saved for him in the final roster.
What did Córdova do?
The 24-year-old offensive midfielder didn’t have a clear goal option throughout thegame, although he tried to be participative, sometimes to a point of becoming individualist, as there were a couple of times where Flores had more options to reach the goal, but Córdova decided to keep the ball instead, to try to score himself.