KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Mexico travelled to Kingston, and are in search of their first win in the CONCACAF Hexagonal when they take on Jamaica in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Mexico have drawn all three of its opening qualifying games, including a 0-0 tie at home to Jamaica, a game the Reggae Boyz could have and should have won on February 6, had it not been for some poor finishing on the night, particularly from striker Ryan Johnson.
They were also held 0-0 at the Azteca by USA in March, this was after a 2-2 tie in Honduras four days earlier.
Those results have left the Mexicans second from bottom in the table standings and there is an urgency for improvement.
“We have to give absolutely everything we have on the pitch and think about nothing else but winning,” said captain Javier Rodriguez.
Hernandez had been in good scoring form recently, netting both goals in Mexico’s 2-2 draw with Nigeria and the English Premier League forward echoes the same statement as Rodriguez.
“We’ve got no option but to win,” said Chicharito.
“Whenever results haven’t gone our way the side has stuck together and looked ahead.”
Defeat for Mexico would leave them in deep trouble and midfielder Angel Reyna knows it.
He revealed that the team is ready for the challenge though.
“There’s a lot at stake for us,” Reyna said. “We’re ready, though.
“The team is prepared for what’s coming up and we’re in the right frame of mind to overcome any situation.”
Playing at home will be a welcoming time for the Reggae Boyz said head coach Theodore Whitmore, who revealed that he is confident going into the game.
“I am pretty much confident going into the game tomorrow (today), because the last few training sessions were positive and everybody was on a high, and that gives me the morale boost for a good game,” Whitmore said in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday.
“Sunday morning was a wonderful training session and this afternoon again, but it is just the whole mood and attitude of the players, it’s clear for the last two sessions.”
Jamaica, after losing once and drawing twice, are sitting bottom of the six team group with just two points and face two of the toughest teams in the Hexagonal, back-to-back.
“These are the most important games of our campaign; this decides everything,” Whitmore said last month. “Right in a row, we have the top three teams in CONCACAF, and there are nine points to play for.
“This is the moment for us. We can go one way or the other way.”
He added: “Everyone knows the Mexicans and the Americans are the toughest in CONCACAF.
“This is not any secret.
“No one comes to Kingston and gets anything easy. We need to be fast, we need to be powerful, we need to switched-on for the full 90 minutes.
“We know what we have to do, and we know the three points are important, and we are looking forward to a good game.”
Goalkeeper and captain Donovan Ricketts was very busy when these two teams last met and he’s again expected to get an active workout tonight against Mexico.
Referee: Joel AGUILAR (SLV)
Assistant Referees: William TORRES (SLV) and Juan ZUMBA (SLV)
Fourth official: Elmer BONILLA (SLV)
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