By DAN KARELL
The Mexico Men’s National Team only has to look back four years to recall a familiar situation.
With just three points from their first three matches (one win and two losses) in 2010 World Cup qualification, El Tri entered began three-match June schedule with an embarrassing loss at El Salvador, before rounding off five straight wins to ease into qualification for South Africa.
This time around, with the team struggling to win games and find goal scorers not named Javier Hernandez, they will step into “The Office” in Kingston, Jamaica tonight (9:30pm, Telemundo), to face a Jamaica side with their backs against the wall.
Neither Mexico or Jamaica has won a match in the HEX after three rounds, making tonight’s match a vital one for both side. A loss for either team would put them in the basement of the qualifying group after four matches, leaving just six matches to turn things around.
If you will be watching tonight’s match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (A closer look at tonight’s match can be found after the jump):
JAMAICA vs. MEXICO
TV: 9:30pm, Telemundo
Last Time Out: Mexico draw at home with the United States, 0-0, while Jamaica fell in Costa Rica, 2-0. Mexico and Jamaica met in the first match day of the Hexagonal round, drawing 0-0 in Estadio Azteca last February.
The Matchup: Mexico are searching for goalscorers not named Javier Hernandez, who has had to carry an entire nation on his shoulders while teammates around him continue to misfire. Aldo de Nigris and Raul Jimenez were added to the squad, while experienced veterans Andres Guardado and Giovani Dos Santos should either provide service into the box or manage to score goals themselves. Jamaica is desperately in need of goals too, with Simon Elliott scoring the lone goal in three qualifying matches. Playing at home should give them a boost, as well as an in-form Ryan Johnson and Darren Mattocks up top, giving them speed and strength through the channels.
CONCACAF may not be any good, but that was still a thrilling match.
Bummer.. Was hoping Ricketts could do something vs Corona!
Well now Jamaica is really going to go all out vs us after losing a close game today. Certainly beatable, i guess it depends on if they have any energy and how ruffed up the turf is in a few days
That ref made some outrageous calls toward the end.
Jamaica wasted several minutes near the end of that game. That infuriates me and I wanted them to lose. How stupid can you possibly be? I counted 30 second waisted to take a throw in with like 4 minutes left. The guy just stood there and then dropped the ball for a guy on the other end of the field to come over.
Jamaica don’t deserve to be anywhere near our CONCACAF bids. What a joke. Time wasting when you’re losing? Head explodes.
It wasnt purposeful time wasting, just stupidity. I actually was rooting for the ref to blow the whistle on the guy to end the game on him.
Disaster for Jamaica.
Jamaica are atrocious.. Practically time wasting down a goal and can hardly execute a legal throw-in. That said, you better believe they’ll look like world beaters against us Friday..
He was onside. Replay showed it. Gotta get that call at home.
He still didn’t make, so what’s the point of complaining
Whistle blew before he took the shot. Definitely effected the play. Bad call.
You’d think Jamaica has the lead and are trying to waste time!! Wow!
Bring Rickets up for the goal!!!!
Mattocks noone can jump higher cone on.
Saw that track back from Mattocks. Good run now jump highest score.
This game is poop, I hate mexico
Stands now half-empty…still 5 min