Mexico to take on Denmark prior to opening Hexagonal match

El Tri will take on Denmark prior to opening the final round of World Cup qualifying against Jamaica on Feb. 6.
Mexico will kick off 2013 with a friendly against Denmark in Phoenix, the FMF announced Wednesday.

Before beginning regional qualifying at home on Feb. 6 against Jamaica - a match confirmed Wednesday night during the Hexagonal draw -- El Tri will head north to take on the Scandinavian nation in a night game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Coach Manuel De la Torre will use the match as preparation for the game with Jamaica a week later, but he will have a mostly domestic roster, as the January date comes too soon for the February FIFA match date assigned for the qualifying match.

El Tri has faced Denmark, currently FIFA’s 22nd-ranked team, five times, winning two and drawing two. The countries most recently played in 1997 in San Diego, with Mexico coming away a 3-1 winner.

The match against Jamaica will be the first in El Tri's 10-game run through the final round of qualifying, where the team will face home and away matches against the USA, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica.


Mexico Hexagonal schedule:

Jamaica, Feb. 6

@ Honduras, March 22

USA, March 26

@ Jamaica, June 4 (date moved due to Confederations Cup)

@ Panamá, June 7

Costa Rica, June 11

Honduras, Sept. 6

@  USA, Sept 10

Panama Oct. 11

@Costa Rica, Oct. 15