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Mexico has had a rough 2013 campaign, winning just one match so far in World Cup qualifying and bowing out in the group stage of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. A 2-1 loss to Panama in the opening match of the Gold Cup had many, like Bleacher Report's Joseph Zucker, calling for coach Chepo de la Torre to be fired.
Mexico followed that up with two wins against Canada and Martinique. Now, those games weren't played against elite competition, and Bleacher Report's Alex Hall warned that Mexico has little momentum going into its quarterfinal match.
Still there is reason to believe in this squad. Marco Fabian has led an improving attack, scoring three of Mexico's six goals. Defensively, they have allowed just one goal in the run of play (the other two came from penalty kicks).
According to Fox Sports' Kyle McCarthy, de la Torre feels his team is on the right track. After the team's 3-1 win over Martinique, the coach said, "I think the team is working hard to get there." Looking ahead to the knockout round, he added, "we'll have to work harder to get those results."
If de la Torre wants to keep his job, he better hope his team works harder. Winning the tournament may be the only way he'll feel more comfortable in his current hot seat.