Mexico’s new manager Juan Carlos Osorio makes his debut when El Tri host El Salvador on Friday, their first 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Osorio replaced former boss Miguel Herrera in October and is expected to build the squad into one that can challenge for silverware at the highest level. World Cup qualification is also a must, however.
El Salvador have struggled of late, suffering a 3-1 loss against Haiti and playing out a 1-1 draw with Guatemala in their last two friendlies.
El Tri should win this match comfortably, but with a new manager at the helm, El Salvador will like their chances of pulling off an upset.
Date: Friday, Nov. 13
Time: 6 pm.
Venue: Estadio Azteca, Coyoacan, Mexico City
Live Stream: The match will be broadcast on Univision Deportes USA. To access the live stream service, click here.
El Salvador will travel to Mexico City with just one international who plies his trade in Europe―Pablo Punyed of IBV, from Iceland―and will likely look toward veteran striker Rafael Burgos to provide the danger against a Mexico defence that is still finding its identity.
Under Herrera, El Tri often played in exotic formations that included three centre-backs and flying wing-backs. Osorio will likely revert back to more conventional formations, so he’ll have to look for the best combinations along the back line once again.