“We have the obligation to win”. Mexico pummelled them with 44 shots and completely controlled the game.
A capacity crowd of 62,910 packed University of Phoenix Stadium, almost all of the fans decked out in the red, white or green colors of Mexico. We made Guatemala chase, which they weren’t comfortable with.
Trying to build off that success, Trinidad and Tobago must defeat Guatemala tonight or they could face a characteristic first round exit. But Mexico must improve in time to play Trinidad, the surprising leaders of the group.
Reportedly the 6 players and team manager have rejoined the team in Phoenix. In attack mode the entire game, it was just one of those contests where nothing went their way. “You have to look to manage these emotions well understand the value of this game and what it means to us to get into the knockout stage”.
England-born Andre Boucard put T&T up 2-0 in the 42nd minute, with a low shot from atop the penalty area, following Kenwyne Jones good flick-on of Daniel Cyrus right flank long throw.
Before the tournament, Trinidad’s primary goal must have been simply advancing out of the group, which included a regional power in Mexico. But after playing two games, the Soca Warriors are in a position to cause a real shock and top the group outright. Immediately after, Guatemala substituted defense for offense as Marco Pappa replaced team captain Carlos Ruiz as Los Chapines tried to hang on to the result. Instead I am again going to other markets, taking Mexico to get six or more corners at evens. The first two goals came within a span of three minutes, as Sheldon Bateau and Cordell Cato each found the back of the net.
In the first half, Mexico had three shots on goal and Guatemala none.
“In the second half, we dropped too deep”. When Mexico is deficient of a player of these qualities it gets lost very easily. Dealt a blow with Chicharito’s broken collarbone just days before the start of the Gold Cup, El Tri have more than enough firepower behind to walk through the group stage relatively unscathed.