Mexico’s Under-20 National Team

Mexico out of U-20 World Cup with loss to Serbia

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By Rafael

The Mexico Under-20 national team were eliminated from the FIFA U-20 World Cup after being defeated 2-0 by Serbia on Saturday afternoon.

Mexico came into this game with a chance to finish with a place in the Round of 16 with a win and even a draw, but Mexico succumbed to a composed performance from the Eastern Europeans in the first-half and crashed out of the tournament in disappointing fashion.

Serbia quickly got on the scoreboard after only a minute. Nemanja Maksimovic put Serbia ahead after a quick throw-in caught the Mexican defense napping, and the Serbian midfielder was there to head home past Gonzalez.

Andrija Zivkovic secured Serbia the lead heading into halftime, scoring a brilliant free-kick in the 42nd minute to put Mexico on the ropes.

The European side then proceeded to defend their advantage and did it superbly. Despite opportunities from Erick Gutierrez and Luis Marquez, Serbia made a determined finished to the game and secured all three points to qualify to the next round.

With the result, Mexico finished last in their group with three point in three matches. Their output equaled their worst performance at a U-20 World Cup since 2003.
 

Kevin Gutierrez seals late Mexico win over Uruguay at the U-20 World Cup

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By Rafael

The Mexico Under-20 National team needed a late Kevin Gutierrez free-kick to seal an emphatic 2-1 victory over Uruguay at the U-20 World Cup on Wednesday.

After a goalless first-half, Pachuca winger Hirving Lozano scored in the 71st minute to put Sergio Almaguer’s side in front.

But Uruguay followed up with a goal of their own 12 minutes later after Mathias Suarez turned home a rebounded effort following a set-piece situation from the right-hand side.

In the 90th minute, Erik Cabaco was sent off for a second yellow, leaving Mexico with a dangerous free-kick just outside the box.

Kevin Gutierrez capped off the opportunity with a brilliant free-kick to win it for the Mexicans in the dying minutes.

With the result, the young El Tri earned their first three points of the tournament and will play for a place in the knockout stage against Serbia, on Friday.
 

Mexico fall to Mali in U-20 World Cup debut

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By Rafael

Mexico got their U-20 World Cup campaign off to the worst start possible as they fell 2-0 to Mali at the Otago Stadium in Dunedin.

The young El Tri side endured a blistering start to the game, but fell off gradually as the game went on.

When the game turned more physical, Hamidou Maiga picked up a red card for the African side before Diego Gama and Oscar Bernal left Mexico with 9 men.

In the 77th minute, Adama Traore headed home from a free-kick to put Mali in front.

Two minutes later, Dieudonne sealed the game after a nice one-two with Alassane Diallo.

Mexico will play their second game of the tournament against Uruguay on Wednesday.
 

Mexico names roster for U-20 World Cup

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By Rafael

Sergio Almaguer named 22 players in the Mexico U-20 roster for the 2015 U-20 World Cup on Friday.

Chivas and Pachuca are the sides most represented in the Mexico squad for the tournament, which will take place in New Zealand and will start later this month.

The players that led Mexico to the CONCACAF U-20 championship back in January will try top El Tri’s third place finish from 2011.

Among those featuring in the 22-man squad are Queretaro’s Orbelin Pienda and Hirving Lozano and Erick Gutierrez from Pachuca.

Two players that participate for European sides were also added to the group, with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Gama and FC Porto’s Raul Gudiño earning a place in the team.

Mexico will play against Mali on May 31, Uruguay on June 3, and Serbia on June 6 in the group stage of the tournament.

Speaking to the press, Almaguer said, “The objective is to reach the final four, but we want to be World Cup champions.”

“Teams no longer see Mexico as just another team, they see us as the team to beat.”

 

Mexico U-20 Squad*

Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Edson Resendez (Monterrey), Antonio Torres (Chivas), and Raul Gudiño (FC Porto)

Defenders: Erick Aguirre (Morelia), Carlos Alberto Arreola (Atlas), Oscar Bernal (Santos Laguna), Rodrigo Gonzalez (Lobos BUAP), Kevin Gutierrez (Queretaro), and Osvaldo Rodriguez (Pachuca)

Midfielders: Sergio Flores (Chivas) , Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Victor Guzman (Chivas), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Luis Marquez (Chivas), Orbelin Pineda (Queretaro), Jose David Ramirez (Chivas), and Mauro Lainez (Pachuca)

Forwards: Diego Gama (Atletico Madrid), Alejandro Diaz (America), Guillermo Martinez (Pachuca), and Diego Pineda (America)


*Squad will be reduced to only 21 before next week’s FIFA deadline

 

Mexico win the CONCACAF U-20 Championship on penalties

By Rafael

Mexico defeated Panama 4-2 on penalty kicks to crown themselves as winners of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship tournament. Despite both teams having already qualified to the U-20 World Cup, it was a thrilling game from start to finish.

Both teams turned on the style early, and three minutes from the start, Velarde was first to give a warning for Panama when his shot went centimeters wide from the far post.

In the 8th minute, Mexico went close to its first goal when Guillermo Martinez hit the woodwork from inside the box.

The opening goal finally arrived four minutes into the second half when Guillermo Martinez headed down a corner for Bernal. The Mexican defender found himself unmarked to head in the first goal of the match. It was also the first goal Panama conceded all tournament.

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