Mexico National Team had their first friendly game of the year on Wednesday night, when they faced Guatemala in a game where the goal was the biggest absent, as Guatemala had a few options to reach Carlos Acevedo’s goal and El Tri never found a way to open the Chapines defense.
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Although the game ended in a scoreless draw, one of the bright things that the game left were the new faces that Gerardo “Tata” Martino had the chance to see, as players like Marcelo Flores, Jonathan Gómez and Jordan Carrillo had the chance of showing their talent.
Gerardo Martino is still looking to fill at least six spots on the roster that will play in Qatar, which is why even if games like the one played on Camping World Stadium don’t help much the first team -none of the regular players were part of the squad-, it keeps Martino’s options open.
It also gives him the chance of observing further players like Carlos Acevedo, Israel Reyes, Roberto “Piojo” Alvarado and Sebastián Córdova, who have been part of the Aztec squad in official matches but haven’t yet earned a place in the final roster.
Córdova, with one foot in Qatar
The 24-year-old offensive midfielder played the entire game against Guatemalaand even wore the number 10, although he didn’t have any clear plays to open the scoresheet, but the fact that Martino considered him the entire game is a sign of what comes for him.
Prior to his arrival at Tigres, after being erased by Santiago Solari from Club América, Córdova was in every call-up for El Tri, especially since he was a protagonist with the U-23 in the Tokyo Olympics, where he scored four goals in six games.
The fact that Córdova knows how Martino’s system works is enough for him to end up sneaking in the roster to Qatar but given that he’s also one of Televisa’s sponsored players even if he’s no longer in Las Águilas, after the game against Guatemala he has ensured his place in the World Cup.
Córdova’s numbers in the current season
Since Sebastián Córdova joined Tigres after parting ways with Club América given the poor relationship that he had with Solari, he’s played 13 games for his new team. So far, he’s assisted two times and managed to score his first goal just a couple of games ago.