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CONCACAF Gold Cup groups: U.S. faces challenge while Mexico has easier road

U.S. Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to talk all things Gold Cup and his ambition to win the tournament.

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The draw for the CONCACAF Gold Cup did the U.S. men's national team no favors.

The 2019 tournament sees the field expanded to 16 nations for the first time. This has served to dilute the pool of teams, but the relative strength of the groups has proved to be uneven. Costa Rica should cruise through, and Mexico should have its way as well. As for the U.S., it will face Guyana, Trinidad &...

Mexico Hot List: Galaxy's Jonathan Dos Santos steals show; Betis' Lainez shows youth

Jonathan Dos Santos of Mexico celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game against Paraguay.
Jonathan Dos Santos of Mexico celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game against Paraguay.

The beginning of a new managerial era for the Mexican national team represents a new chance for El Tri to gain relevance. With Gerardo "Tata" Martino now at the helm -- and adamant that global respect for the national team is paramount -- several of Mexico's top names had an invaluable opportunity to showcase their talents in the latest international break.

Following the recent victories over Chile and Paraguay, here is the latest Mexico hot list.

Heating Up

Carlos Rodriguez, MF, Monterrey

Why...

Inside Mexico's first camp under 'Tata' Martino, and El Tri's mission to win back respect

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- There was one phrase that seemed to set the tone for Gerardo "Tata" Martino's first Mexico camp: When the Argentine declared, "My obligation as Mexico head coach is to make the national team be respected."

Martino said that ahead of Friday's 3-1 victory over Chile in San Diego and the idea extended through Tuesday's 4-2 win against Paraguay in Levi's Stadium. In fact, the phrase could be the overriding mantra for Martino's cycle in charge leading to Qatar 2022 --...

Mexico coach 'Tata' Martino takes ball to the face from Paraguay boss's boot

Mexico coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino praised Eduardo Berizzo's 'very good left foot' after taking a ball to the face.

Mexico cantered to a 4-2 victory over Paraguay in an international friendly match on Tuesday, though the victors didn't emerge from the encounter entirely unscathed.

Unusually however, it was El Tri's head coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino who ended the game nursing a war wound inflicted by the hand -- or should we say foot -- of his opposite number, Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo.

At one point, Berizzo kicked an errant ball that rolled over the touchline but unfortunately skewed his shot directly into...

Jonathan dos Santos, Javier Hernandez take charge in Mexico's win over Paraguay

Jonathan dos Santos was Mexico's standout player as El Tri defeated Paraguay 4-2 on Tuesday.

Mexico manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino is now two for two in his new tenure with El Tri. Following last week's 3-1 victory over Chile, the Argentine helped lead Mexico to a dramatic 4-2 win against Paraguay on Tuesday night.

Here are a few things we learned from El Tri's latest result:

Positives

In match that featured plenty of backups for Mexico, a number of midfield options stepped up and made a case for themselves in the new Mexico era under Martino. Names like Erick Gutierrez, Edson Alvarez and...

'Tata' Martino's Mexico debut boosted by debutant Rodriguez

SAN DIEGO -- A new era for the Mexican national team began on Friday with fresh black shirts, manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino on the bench, Guillermo Ochoa recognized for 100 caps and a welcome return to winning ways.

The 3-1 victory for El Tri over Chile at SDCCU Stadium ended a three-game losing streak and Raul Jimenez's opening goal from the penalty spot a 342-minute run without putting the ball into the net.

If the week leading up to Mexico's opener was akin to the turning of the page...