The Mexico national team have had an up-and-down summer that has continued through the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and their chances at advancing are on the line against Martinique on Sunday to close out Group A.
After losing their opener against Panama, the Mexicans turned things around with a dominating 2-0 performance against Canada.
Martinique also topped Canada in their opener, 1-0 on a 93rd-minute goal, and have proved to be a dangerous team despite losing a 1-0 affair to Panama in their second match.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for the Mexico vs. Martinique Group A clash.
When: Sunday, July 14 at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.
TV: Fox Soccer
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Without Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Giovani dos Santos spearheading the Mexican attack, many questions were up in the air as to who would step up in the scoring department for Mexico.
That question went largely unanswered in their opener against Panama, when they lost 2-1 and saw a lethargic offense produce close to nothing against a team they should win nine out of 10 matches.
They got an offensive boost thanks to Canada in the second match, but after a 2-0 win, they haven't quieted their doubters after a poor summer that saw an early exit from the Confederations Cup and has them in third place in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group.
Meanwhile, they'll face a Martinique squad that has been nearly impossible to score against for the remainder of Group A. Their tilt with Canada was scoreless until the 93rd minute, and Panama gutted out a close 1-0 win.
Each team stands at three points after two matches at one win and one loss. With Canada still at zero, the winner of this match will take second place or could tie Panama for the top spot in Group A, should Panama lose to Canada.
Although the top two seeds advance, the tournament also allows two of the three third-place squads to advance as well to the quarterfinal round. So there's still hope for the loser of Sunday's match.
But despite that, both teams will be playing Sunday's match like it's a must-win, because it is. The only way Mexico or Martinique can feel comfortable about their chances is if they pull out the win.
Martinique's strong, hard-working play has made them a dangerous team in this tournament, but they haven't faced a team quite as talented as Mexico.
Even without some of their best players, this Mexican team is still full of professional stars and top-flight performers.
It hasn't been a summer to remember for Mexico, and you can bet they're looking to shed that burden. They know that the pressure would be at an all-time high if they were to get knocked out in the group stage of the Gold Cup. That will motivate them to go for the kill against Martinique.
Prediction: Mexico 3, Martinique 0