By JONATHAN VERA
PASADENA, Calif — The Mexican National Team may be without two of its starters Saturday night in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final against the United States. Andres Guardado and Carlos Salcido have taken their share of knocks in the tournament and though they remain optimistic about playing in the highly-anticipated final, their availability is still a question mark.
Both players came off in the second half of Mexico's overtime victory against Honduras in the semifinals. Guardado is nursing an ankle injury while Salcido has a heel injury.
'"We'll wait, yes they took a few knocks and if they are not 100 percent to start, then we'll have that conversation then," said the coach.
One of the keys of Mexico's high-powered attack, Guardado sounded confident that he would be able to play.
"No one wants to lose, we're looking for what's best for the team. Here, the important thing is the team, not the person and if I have to sit on the bench, then that's what's best," confessed Guardado.
If Guardado can't play, it would significantly alter Mexico's tactics, and would likely mean the inclusion of striker Aldo DeNigris into the starting lineup and a shift from the 4-5-1 Mexico has been using regularly, to a 4-4-2.
As for Salcido's heel injury, that's a little more uncertainty about his availability. If Salcido can't play, he would likely be replaced at left back by Jorge Torres Nilo.