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El Tri tune up for the Hex as they battle Denmark to 1-1 draw

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Mexico's quest for the World Cup begins next Wednesday.

Mexico’s quest for the World Cup begins next Wednesday.

A week before El Tri kicks off their Feb. 6 CONCACAF  World Cup qualifier against Jamaica in Mexico City, the Mexican National Team battled Denmark to a 1-1 tie. Playing in front of a Mexican partisan crowd of 43,345 at the University of Phoenix Stadium over at Glendale, AZ, Marco Fabian gave Mexico a 1-0 lead when he successfully converted his penalty kick in the 68th minute.

Moments earlier, Mexico was awarded the penalty kick when midfielder Javier Aquino was fouled. When it appeared Mexico was in position to win, Mexico’s Jorge Torres Nilo fouled Denmark’s Andrea Cornelius. Seconds later, Cornelius converted his penalty kick in the 84th minute to level the match 1-1. With either side unable to produce a game-winner, the friendly concluded in a 1-1 draw.

Currently ranked No. 15 by FIFA, Mexico made it clear that they’re no longer Latin America’s version of the English National Team. Gone are the days where mediocrity was considered the norm. Also gone are the days where a current Mexican team is content with keeping any match close.

Mexico, in search of its sixth consecutive FIFA World Cup berth, will begin the decisive Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying first week of February. Mexico’s 2013 summer schedule also includes the bi-annual CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, in which Mexico will look to defend its 2011 title, as well as the prestigious FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where Mexico will face the home team, Italy and Japan in the group stage.

Along with their 2012 Olympic Gold Medal win, Olympic gold, Mexico has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup, U-17 World Cup, Pan-American Games, Toulon Espoirs tournament, Northern Ireland Milk Cup and finished third at the 2011 U-20 World Cup.

El Tri is not only a soccer team, it’s a National identity within the Mexican community. Growing up in the West Coast, I am well familiar with el orgullo que mi gente lleva en apoyando El TriIn layman terms, this young but talented squad does not only want to win, they wish to annihilate their opponents in convincing fashion.

From the youth level to the senior level, this may indeed be the greatest Mexican Soccer program ever assembled. No matter the team level, each team has done a marvelous job representing Mexico as well as CONCACAF.

Mexican National Team to face Peru in San Francisco April 17 as part of the 2013 U.S. Tour

The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) announced that the Mexican National Team will face Peru on Wednesday, April 17 (11:00 p.m. ET) at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. The match, presented by VISA, will be the second of five games as part of Mexico’s annual U.S. tour, now in its 11th year. Mexico last played at the well-known venue in 2010, defeating Bolivia 5-0 in front of nearly 35,000 fans.

Mexico and Peru have played 26 games all-time with an 11-9-6 winning record in favor of Mexico. The two teams last met in July of 2011 at the Copa America in Argentina, with Peru topping Mexico 1-0 at the Malvinas Stadium in Mendoza. Peru, currently in the thick of South America’s World Cup qualifying, has won the Copa America twice, and also has made it to the World Cup quarterfinals on two occasions.

An exclusive Visa pre-sale for the game will begin this Thursday, January 31. Click here to get access to the Visa pre-sale. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Thursday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. San Francisco local time on www.Tickets.com. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol invites fans to use their Visa cards.

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