On April 27, the Mexican national team will face their first friendly game of the year against Guatemala, as part of the Mextour, where yearly, El Tri plays a series of games in the United States. For now, Mexico National Team has agreed to play five games from April until August.
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Although the game against Guatemala will be played with mainly young players from Liga MX, as well as a few of them from MLS and youngsters in Europe, it’s a great opportunity for Gerardo “Tata” Martino to follow closely some of the ones that have chances of playing in Qatar 2022.
Players like Santiago Giménez, Israel Reyes or Carlos Acevedo, who have been considered by Martino in past FIFA match windows but haven’t had the chance of playing in an official match, will have the opportunity of consolidating as part of the first team.
While there’s other players like David Ochoa, Jonathan Gómez or even Marcelo Flores that have excelled in younger categories and that haven’t formed in Mexican soccer but are still on the process of maturing enough to be considered for the first team.
Alan Mozo won’t play against Guatemala
There’s also a third group of players that Martino knows of their talent but given the number of players on the same position, haven’t had a chance of playing in the Mexican national team, like Alan Mozo, who has been having an outstanding season with Pumas.
The 25-year-old right-back had been considered by Martino for the game against Guatemala, but after learning that Pumas will play the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on the same day, Andrés Lillini refused to loan him, as he’s an essential player for Los Universitarios.
According to reports from TUDN, it seemed like this was his only chance to prove to the Argentine coach his worth and open himself a place in the final roster, but now Mozo will have to wait until the friendly games of May and June to have a new opportunity.
Will he make it to Qatar?
The same reports suggest that “Tata” Martino already agreed to call Alan Mozo to all the games that El Tri will play during the summer, as he knows the Aztec squad needs another right-back -for now, they only have Jorge Sánchez and Julian Araujo-, but it will be up to Mozo and his improvement to see of he earns a spot or not.