The laboratory of Tri Yes it is open to young people, as long as they are consolidated in their club or have an outstanding season. This was specified by the national coach, Gerardo Martino, in the preview of the friendly match against Ecuador to be held at Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte.
“What we actually do in the national team is to cite players who are quite consolidated or who are having a good season (…) These games basically serve to observe players, we are in the middle of a tie that has us very well positioned where they come from. very complex matches and it seems to me that it is a nice opportunity for the usual players and also for the new ones ”.
The game against Ecuador It is the seventh friendly of the Tri in 2021, since in November there will be two more duels but they correspond to the qualifying rounds towards Qatar 2022: “The team does not start or end in a tie or in the next tie or world cup, it permanently continues and it is a good possibility for these guys to start being part of the group, to feel that they are belonging, and to show why they have been called up. ”Added Martino.
Among those summoned for the visit to Charlotte were young elements like Haret Ortega (21 years), Plum Lira (21), Santiago Gimenez (20) and Victor Guzman (19). They all add between 626 and 1,023 minutes in the current tournament of the MX League, highlighting Ortega with three goals for Toluca despite playing as a central defender.
“For me, each call-up is, individually, a great possibility for footballers, above all, to express themselves and demonstrate at the international level the things that they have been doing so well in the local environment. I understand that it is a very good possibility for them to be noticed and for us to observe them not only in training, but from the competition. I value each one of the international matches and also each one of the calls for those matches ”, highlighted the Tri coach.
The most experienced in the call against Ecuador were the goalkeepers Jonathan Orozco and Rodolfo Cota, 35 and 34 years old, respectively, while others of younger age have already had evidence in the Martino cycle, such as Roberto Alvarado, Uriel Antuna and Osvaldo Rodriguez, who have even participated in the two Concacaf knockout dates between September and October.
The work of Gerardo Martino to promote youth is not something new. Since he took office in January 2019 and until July 2021, prior to the Tokyo Olympics, the strategist gave minutes of play to 27 elements born from 1997 onwards, that is, who are 24 years old or less. Some are already consolidated at a higher level such as Sebastian Cordova and Jorge Sanchez, 24 and 23 years old.
Despite his push towards young people, Martino is cautious about giving them a greater responsibility as candidates to export to European football: “I always say the same when they ask me about young people, that I recognize the importance of them coming out, but I like it better. that they leave completely consolidated in their clubs so that their stay abroad is prolonged and makes sense ”.
In this summer, Johan Vasquez (23 years old) and Jose Juan Macías (22) jumped into Italian and Spanish soccer, respectively; both have been part of the calls of the ‘Tata’ in the Tri mayor.
Against Ecuador, Mexico meets its fifth friendly match held in the United States and organized by Soccer United Marketing (SUM), the company that has coordinated its meetings in that country for more than 10 years. The other two, held in March, were played in Wales and Austria, in Europe.
The influx of Bank of America Stadium It will be 100% as it has been since May, when local health authorities allowed it. This means an entry of 73,298 fans who, with an average ticket of 50 dollars, have a potential spill of 3.66 million dollars per box office alone.