Mexico kick off their busy summer of competitive action in the biggest (men's) tournament of the year, as they face Bolivia in the Copa America Friday evening in Chile. Mexico is using a B-team, as per the regulations since they also have the Gold Cup, their own regional championship, coming up in a few weeks. That fact of bringing a weakened squad, as well as the disappointing performances they've had in the tune-up friendlies ahead of the tournament, mean El Tri have few expectations for this Copa America.
But they're playing Bolivia! If Mexico can't get a result against the Bolivians, who are a far cry from their 1990s heyday, then yeah, they probably should only expect to be around for three games. But even with Mexico struggling, there is no reason why they can't get a result, nay, a win, over Bolivia. Add to that how crucial it will be to get a win in this game, considering their other two group stage games will be against Ecuador (a team in transition, but not nearly as winnable a game as one against Bolivia) and the hosts Chile, who should cruise in the group.
As is his custom, Mexico coach Miguel Herrera announced the starting lineup for the game on Thursday:
Mexico XI vs Bolivia: Corona; Marquez, Ayala, Cata, Flores, Aldrete; Guemez OR Osuna, Medina, Tecatito; Vuoso and Herrera.— ESPN Tri (@ESPNFCtri) June 11, 2015
Raul Jimenez not starting is a surprise, but he could still come off the bench if necessary. At any rate, it should be an interesting game.
How to Watch: Mexico vs. Bolivia, 4:30 pm PT, on beIn Sports and beIn Sports en Español in the United States.
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