El Tri stumbled to the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup, where it will face Trinidad & Tobago. A potential semi against Panama looms.
|Mexico (4-2-3-1): Orozco;Layun Huiqui, Valenzuela, Aldrete; Pena, Castro; Luis Montes, Fabian, Brizuela; Jimenez.||
GOALKEEPERS: Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Moises Munoz (Club America)
DEFENDERS: Israel Jimenez (Tigres), Leobardo Lopez (Monterrey), Joel Huiqui (Morelia), Darvin Chavez (Monterrey), Adrian Aldrete (Club America), Efrain Velarde (Pumas), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club America), Miguel Layun (Club America), Jair Pereira (Cruz Azul)
MIDFIELDERS: Carlos Peña (Leon), Javier Cortes (Pumas), Luis Montes (Leon), Jorge Enriquez (Guadalajara), Miguel Ponce (Guadalajara), Alejandro Castro (Cruz Azul)
FORWARDS: Raul Jimenez (Club America), Marco Fabian (Guadalajara), Rafael Marquez Lugo (Guadalajara), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Javier Orozco (Santos)
|Trinidad & Tobago (4-3-3): Williams; Mitchell, Cyrus, Abu, J. Jones; Boucaud, Birchall, Molino; Glen, K. Jones, Roberts.
GOALKEEPERS: Cleon John, Marvin Phillip, Jan Michael Williams
DEFENDERS: Radanfah Abu Bakr, Daniel Cyrus, Aubrey David, Carlos Edwards, Curtis Gonzales, Justin Hoyte, Joevin Jones, Carlyle Mitchell, Seon Power, Robert Primus
MIDFIELDERS: Christopher Birchall, Andre Boucaud, Kevon Carter, Keon Daniel, Kevan George, Kevin Molino, Denzil Theobald
FORWARDS: Jamal Gay, Cornell Glen, Kenwyne Jones, Darryl Roberts
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Both these teams finished second in their respective groups. Mexico lost its opening match, 2-1 to Panama, before beating Canada and Martinique to qualify out of Group A. T&T drew El Salvador and lost to Haiti. A win over already-qualified Honduras saw the Caribbeans stumble out of Group B.
- Each team made one roster change ahead of the knockout rounds. Mexico swapped out Monterrey defender Darvin Chavez for Morelia midfielder Jose Maria Cardenas, and T&T called up Columbus Crew midfielder Kevan George in exchange for Khaleem Hyland.
- El Tri is 11-3-3 against Trinidad and Tobago in all competitions, including two wins in the Gold Cup group stages. The teams have neve met in the knockout rounds.
- Mexico is the two-time Gold Cup defending champion, having destroyed the USA 5-0 in the 2009 final, before defeating the United States, again, in 2011, by a 4-2 scoreline. The only three-peat in Gold Cup history was accomplished by El Tri in the 1993, 1996 and 1998 tournaments.
- The Soca Warriors last beat Mexico in a Hexagonal match in 2005. Stern John scored twice in the 2-1 win over already-qualified Mexico, helping T&T qualify for its only World Cup.