Mexico cannot lose against the United States Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, if they want to keep the World Cup dream alive.
El Tri stands fourth in CONCACAF with eight points, one point ahead of Panama, with three matches remaining. While the top three teams in the region automatically qualify for Brazil, the fourth-place team has to face New Zealand in a playoff.
Recently appointed Luis Fernando Tena has quite a challenge ahead, but he knows this squad like the palm of his hand.
Tena has already had some of these players at his service. Last year he won the Summer Olympics with the help of Jose de Jesus Corona, Diego Reyes, Hiram Mier, Hector Herrera, Javier Aquino, Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta and Raul Jimenez.
Mexico need to keep the ball as much as possible. Possession will be key in this game and that is why a 4-5-1 formation can help Mexico. The formation is not that different from the 4-3-3; hence the team should not struggle.
Gerardo Torrado received a yellow card against Honduras and the second of the tournament, which means he is suspended.