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El Tri should learn from the Copa Oro Group Stage and move on

The group stage for the Copa Oro ended yesterday in an eight-goal thriller that saw Mexico draw against Trinidad and Tobago and earn the second place spot in the group stage (Copa Oro 2015).  Many critics are saying it’s nothing less than a shameful performance  and that El Tri is moving on a downward trend when it comes to their skill and ability.  But a deep reflection of the game against Trinidad and Tobago will paint a different picture.

To recap:

In the game against Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico owned almost all of the position and had Trinidad on their feet for almost the entire first half.  Trinidad had to come from behind twice as they trailed 2-0 early and then went on a scoring spree as they scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead.  Then, Mexico came back and scored 2 goals which were 2 minutes apart as they put the attacking game on turbo mode.  Mexico would later lose the lead in a stoppage goal as Trinidad’s Marshall headed a corner kick into the back of the net.

Lessons learned:

Midfield to Attack -  

Mexico has a midfield and attack that continues to get better.  Jonathan Dos Santos has been a great addition to the midfield and his ability to make key passes on counters or as they hold position is key to the success for the midfield.  It has given Guardado that much more roaming ability as it seems he is finally comfortable to move up and down knowing that Jonathan can take control in his absence.  Carlos Vela, well nothing really to say other than he is truly our best attacking player.  Peralta is taking on the super sub role as he has more impact when coming onto the pitch rather than starting.  When the defense is not 100% it's easier for Peralta to move around and he can maintain his speed as he doesn’t have to work as hard. Unlike when he starts and the defense is faster it takes away a few steps from Peralta.  Gio on top with Vela will work out great. Although Gio missed clear opportunities or should have passed on a few of those shots, he and Vela have a natural ability to communicate at a high speed without words.  They will only get better and will be a combination that will strike fear into any opponent.

Defense to Goalie -

Hands down, is the area that needs improvement.  I think it's more of a mental block as they continue to come into the game thinking that the rival will not be as potent as the game footage shows.  And in a game where Mexico takes full control and takes a 2-0 lead that mental block only increases.  The problem here is that the opponents use Mexico as their test to see where they are at as a team.  Which then has a side effect the players know that playing Mexico is like going into a job fair as their performance can land them a place in Liga MX or MLS.  As you know, in a job fair you put on your Sunday’s best.  I think Memo will pick himself up and have a big heart to heart with his defense.  They really put him in an awkward position and because the lack of action in the games against Cuba and Guatemala for him to have the game time reactions at 100% is just not something we can expect.  I know he will improve as he always does.  

So to already give up hope and say all is lost is a premature statement to make.  Keep in mind that this group that Piojo is managing has lots of potential and we as fans have to support him and the team.  We cannot give up hope when there is still games to be played.  As Guardado, current captain of El Tri said, if we win the next three finals we are champions.  We have to reflect and get better, its the key to success.

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