Remezcleros in Los Angeles and Kansas City rejoice!! The FMF announced earlier today that the Mexican national team will play official FIFA friendlies against Ecuador and Paraguay. El Trí will face Los Amarillos at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home of the 1984 Olympics, on March 28th and face La Albirroja at Arrowhead Stadium on March 31st.
The matches will help both South American teams prepare for the Copa América tournament in June, while Mexico will take advantage of the dates to prep for Copa América and the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in July.
The games are also official FIFA friendlies which means that players currently based outside of their home countries must accept call-ups. The lists of players haven’t been announced yet but it’s a safe bet that guys such as Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado, Jonathan Dos Santos, Édgar Benitez, Víctor Cáceres, Hernán Pérez, Juan Carlos Paredes, Christian Noboa, and Enner Valencia will be called up.
Mexican coach Miguel Herrera will have his hands full as he figures out who to take to the Copa América in Chile in June and the Gold Cup tournament in the US, in July. Odds are he’ll take his best players to the latter since he has prioritized winning the Gold Cup as it provides a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Los Amarillos will face El Trí again on June 19th in Rancuaga, Chile for the Copa América as both teams were drawn into Group A alongside Chile and Bolivia. Paraguay will compete against Argentina, Uruguay, and Jamaica in Group B while Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela compete in Group C.
Tickets for the game in LA will be available starting January 27th at 10am while tickers for the game in Kansas City will be available on February 12th, both via Ticketmaster.
Ecuador will also face Argentina on March 31st in New York City.