Soccer Legionnaires

Mexico and Costa Rica do no damage to each other

Costa Rica started hot against Mexico in the humid weather of Orlando, Florida were both teams met for a friendly. People were finding their seats still when David Ramirez scored for Costa Rica in minute 3′. Soon after Miguel Layun’s own goal made sure that Costa Rica had a commanding lead in the first half.

They may not have the same coach as they did during their Cinderalla run in Brazil for the World Cup, but Costa Rica still have it’s talented traveled players. Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell led Costa Rica’s attack with ambitious movements through space that Mexico allowed in the midfield with Miguel Herrera’s 3-4-3 experiment. They kept Mexico on their toes and capitalized on the few chances they were given to strike. They went into half time with a 2-0 lead, knowing they had a tough second half ahead of them since Mexico would be coming out firing in all Cylynders to help ease the pressure their coach is under after their (Alternative team) team exited early from Copa America.

And fire in all Cylenders Mexico did. Miguel Herrera came out in the second half with his familiar 4-4-2 formation that has given him results in the past. With the addition of the midfielder Esquibel who slithered in and out of the Costa Rican midfield in the second half, Gio Dos Santos, and Javier Hernandez Mexico came back to tie the game by minute 55′. Mexico looked loose, pushed forward constantly, and controlled the pace of the second half with no apologies.

In the end both teams have positives and negatives they could take from this game and make sure they are ready to go by the time the Gold Cup starts in two weeks.



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