Pasadena, CA, Sporting Alert – Mexico and USA will continue their bitter regional rivalry on Saturday in what is expected to be a no-nonsense international clash at Rose Bowl at 8:30 p.m.
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El Tri will take on the Stars and Stripes in California, for the CONCACAF Cup, with the winner of this clash moving on to represent the region at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
Former Sao Paulo manager Juan Carlos Osorio has confirmed that he will take over as the new head coach of the Mexican national team, but the Colombian will not be in charge of Saturday night’s matchup.
Instead, he is expected to be taking in the action from the stands, as he’s scheduled to start his time in charge of this battle.
Previous coach Miguel Herrera was fired, following an unusual altercation involving him and a reporter in the airport after his team defeated Jamaica to lift the 2015 Gold Cup title in the summer.
All the Mexican players were in high spirits during the recent preparations for the contest, with stand-in head coach Ricardo Ferretti leading the instructions.
Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, who now suits up for German side Bayer Leverkusen, will be among the players lining up against Honduras, and he believes this is vital contest for him and his team-mates, as they prepare for another transition under a new boss.
The United States, in the meantime, have recalled several of the old guards to the squad who haven’t been involved.
Among them is Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard and he is expected to take over the shot-stopping duties from Brad Guzan.
Jurgen Klinsmann Should Be Fired If U.S. Loses
Meanwhile, former American national captain Landon Donovan has recently suggested to ESPN FC that USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann should be fired if the team loses to Mexico.
Donovan and Klinsmann have not been on the best of terms since the former Los Angeles Galaxy forward was left out of the 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil.
“Around the world, if a player plays poorly and a player has a bad string of results, they get dropped from the team,” he told ESPN FC recently.
“Jurgen said many times he wants our players to feel pressure — so if they lose a game they can’t go to the grocery store the next day. If they lose a game, they are getting hammered in the press.
“Well, the same holds true for the coach, and so we had a very poor summer with bad results in the Gold Cup. The last game against Brazil was probably the worst game I’ve seen them play under Jurgen.
“The reality is that now, anywhere else in the world, if this coach had those results, and they lose this game against Mexico, they’d be fired.
“I think if Jurgen wants to hold all the players to that standard, then he has to be held to that standard too.”