Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Five: Antigua plots a shock and Mexico experiments with its squad as CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers continue

3. With its place in the Hexagonal secure, Mexico experiments...: José Manuel de la Torre will use this pair of matches against Guyana and El Salvador to assess his squad options for the Hexagonal next year. The blend of youth (including uncapped Club Léon midfielder Carlos Peña and a host of Olympic heroes) and experience (Andrés Guardado, Javier Hernández, Héctor Moreno and Francisco Rodríguez are included) should give de la Torre the right mix to adequately evaluate his fringe players heading into next year. International coaches rarely enjoy this sort of freedom to try untested players in competitive matches. De la Torre must use it wisely to further the development of his squad.

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