Team Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio guided the incredibly popular international squad to an up-and-down 2016, paving the way for a 2017 season in which they know they need to take every minute of every match very seriously. Mexico will square off against Iceland at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on February 8.
Anytime El Tri plays a match on North American grounds, it is big news and a highly-sought-after ticket. The fact they’re playing in Las Vegas makes the popularity of this ticket astronomical. Here are a handful of things that will bring all soccer fans interested in attending this event up to speed regarding the participants.
Mexico is a perennially successful squad. The nation that flanks the United States the South continues to churn out incredible soccer talent, almost every one of which is ultimately aspiring to make their fellow countrymen proud by starring for El Tri.
The last year featured Mexico winning a handful of important games, including a 2-1 victory over the United States in a late-season friendly. It snapped a four-game losing streak for Mexico against their neighboring rivals.
Coach Osorio recently spoke at a press conference in Las Vegas, conveying just how excited the team is to be in the Nevada epicenter of entertainment. It is the first time that the coach has ever been to Sin City, and he spoke of just how much he specifically looks forward to matching up with Iceland, a very similar team in terms of style.
Mexico has a huge matchup with New Zealand lingering in June that will have major implications on the upcoming Confederations Cup. By squaring off against Iceland, Osorio hopes that his troops will be able to get a good feel for how that game will unfold several months before it is played.
Preparation is going to be key this year, because the vast lesion of fans who live and die by the Mexican National Team were thoroughly embarrassed when they are on the wrong end of a 0-7 match against Chile last June. It was a historic Copa America for many reasons, but it was a historically sad one for Mexico, who are anxious to put that far behind them as a team.
Iceland most recently played a friendly just a few days ago against Chile, losing by much tamer margin of 0-1. The squad led by head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson have absolutely stamped their mark into both European and global soccer.
They are a tiny soccer nation in terms of the current global scale, but the gritty and talented Iceland National Football Team very nearly qualified for the 2014 World Cup. Had they won the final pivotal qualifying match, they would have become the smallest nation in terms of overall population and total soccer population ever to gain entrance into the esteemed global tourney.
When these two squads take the pitch in the greatest outdoor soccer field in a several-hundred mile radius, all fans in attendance will likely be treated to an entertaining and competitive affair.