The Mexican national team is ready to get rolling in Russia.
After winning the CONCACAF Cup playoff against the United States to earn a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup, El Tri are carrying a strong squad into the practice run for the 2018 World Cup.
Mexico competed in the 2013 Confederations Cup but lost its first two matches against Brazil and Italy and, despite topping Japan in the final group game, was bounced before the knockout rounds.
Things look a bit more friendly this time around, with the opening match against Portugal looking like the most difficult of the side's three group games.
WHAT IS THE CONFEDERATIONS CUP?
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is an eight-team tournament, split into two groups, with Mexico in Group A alongside European champion Portugal, host nation Russia and Oceania champion New Zealand.
Group B features South American champion Chile, African champion Cameroon, World Cup champion Germany and Asian champion Australia.
The two groups will compete in a round-robin format with the top two teams after three rounds of group play advancing to the semifinals.
HOW TO WATCH MEXICO
Mexico's three group matches will all be televised live in the United States with Fox carrying the English broadcasts and Telemundo carrying the broadcasts in Spanish.
El Tri's first two matches will be broadcast in English on FS1, while the group finale will be broadcast on Fox.
MEXICO'S COMPLETE U.S. BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Mexico's Group A matches
|Date||Match||Time (local / BST)||TV channel|
|Jun 18||Portugal vs. Mexico||11:00 a.m. ET||FS1/Telemundo|
|Jun 21||Mexico vs. New Zealand||2:00 p.m. ET||FS1/Telemundo|
|Jun 24||Mexico vs. Russia||11:00 a.m. ET||Fox/Telemundo|
WHEN WILL THE KNOCKOUT ROUNDS BE PLAYED
Should El Tri advance past the group stage as the Group A winner they will face the Group B runner up on Wednesday, June 28, at 2 p.m. ET, with the match televised in English on FS1.
A second-place finish in Group A would see Mexico face off with the Group B winner on Thursday, June 29, with the match slated to kick off at 2 p.m. ET on FS2.
The final and the third-place match will take place Sunday, July 2, with the third-place match kicking off at 8 a.m. ET and the final set to kick at 2 p.m. ET.
OTHER NOTABLE MATCHES
The Confederations Cup will open with a match between host Russia facing New Zealand on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. ET on FS1.
Arguably the most anticipated group match will take place on Thursday, June 22, with Chile taking on Germany at 11 a.m. ET on FS1.