Mexico vs. Jamaica: Top Playmakers to Watch in World Cup Qualifyer

Shawn Tighe@@Stighe05Correspondent IFebruary 6, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Andres Guadardo #18 of Mexico celebrates his goal with Javier Hernandez #14 and Javier Rodrigues #2 against Guyana at BBVA Compass Stadium on October 12, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Mexico defeated Guyana 5-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying begins tonight, as Mexico takes on Jamaica at Estadio Azteca.

The Jamaicans have a difficult task at hand as they are traveling to one of the toughest places to play against some of the best players in the region. Mexico is the clear favorite to come out of the group as they have the offensive firepower to compete with anyone.

Here's a look at some of the players who will make an impact in the game tonight and beyond.


Javier Hernandez

The Manchester United forward has impressed this year. With 14 goals through 13 games of English Premier League play, Hernandez is proving his worth after his €10 million euro transfer from Guadalajara three years ago.

While all the news recently has been about his request for a transfer away from Old Trafford, Hernandez's play on the field remain stellar. In 43 appearances for the Mexican national team Hernandez has netted 28 goals highlighted by his seven-goal Gold Cup.

Still only 24 years old, Hernandez is the future, and present, of Mexican soccer.


Giovani Dos Santos

The popular Mexican midfielder is also an exceptional player. Giving Mexico a 3-2 advantage over the United States with this amazing goal, Dos Santos has been a fixture in the Mexican lineup for the past few years.  

Hernandez and the other Mexican attackers rely on Dos Santos and the other midfielders to give them the ball in positions where they can score, which they do wonderfully. Mexico should have no trouble controlling the midfield against Jamaica with Dos Santos and Andres Guardado patrolling the middle.


Adrian Mariappa

If Jamaica plans on slowing down the potent Mexican attack, Mariappa will be the key.

Having started 17 games this year for Reading of the English Premier League, Mariappa is one of Jamaica's most decorated players. Mariappa's stellar play was recognized last year when he received Watford's 2011/2012 Player of the Year. His career with the Jamaican national team has been brief, but he has been able to make an impact immediately.

Mariappa will be going up against Hernandez during much of the match tonight. His defense on the young Mexican attacker will be they key to whether or not Jamaica can remain competitive at Estadio Azteca.

It should be an exciting matchup as two of the best young players in the CONCACAF region will be going up against one another.