Mexico vs Costa Rica: The Mexican national team does not yet have a permanent manager.They returned to the court in front of their local fans on Thursday and faced Costa Rica’s team in Costa Rica in the international friendly match.
The Mexican national team, still without a permanent manager, returns to the field in front of its home fans on Thursday, taking on fellow CONCACAF adversary Costa Rica in an international friendly. El Tri has a mix of youth and veterans for this match, and the hosts are expected to win at home against a Costa Rica team that is bringing its best players.
Mexico is on the same boat as several other national teams without a permanent manager as Ricardo Ferretti is currently the interim boss. Also like several after national teams after the World Cup, El Tri has been pushing a youth movement and that showed in this callup.
Ferretti called up 17 players, who are 25 years or younger including five players, who are 20 years or younger. Some of the more intriguing names on the squad include players like Gerardo Arteaga, Josecarlos Van Rankin, Javier Guemez and Henry Martin. But there are also some household names on the roster like Marco Fabian, Hirving Lozano, Nestor Araujo, Raul Jimenez and “Tecatitio” Corona.
Costa Rica has found its new coach in Gustavo Matosas, who had a successful run in Mexico with Leon, but he will not be on the sidelines for this match. Los Ticos are one of Mexico’s biggest foes in the CONCACAF region and should be very interesting under the leadership of Matosas.
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Though the Tigres manager and El Tri interim won’t take the job over full-time as previously speculated, he’s still committed to coaching Mexico in both this friendly window and the next, should the Mexican federation still be in the process of finding a coach.
It falls to Ferretti to decide what approach to utilize for October’s friendly matches against Costa Rica and Chile. The matches are taking place on Mexican soil, a rare occurrence with El Tri frequently visiting the United States for its international dates, so it could be a chance to bring in a largely domestic roster. It is a full FIFA date, though, so it’s also another chance to build chemistry among Europe-based players who will be the base of the national team ahead of the 2022 World Cup, and more urgently the 2019 Gold Cup.
A talented core of players was called up for these friendlies including top players like Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Ruiz. This will not be a walk in the park for Mexico as Costa Rica has an experienced roster along with some exciting youngsters.