Of the two CONCACAF teams, I expected more from Mexico than from Honduras. After all, I have been watching Mexico’s team since Olympic qualifiers back in March, when they played at the Home Depot Center (along with Honduras). I also watched when they competed in France in the Toulon Tournament.They were not only the best team during the Olympic qualifiers, but also in the Toulon Tournament, where they won the trophy.
Of course, that was a different team. A lot of the players that played in those two tournaments weren’t called up for the Olympics, including forward Alan Pulido, who, in my opinion, was a player that definitely could’ve helped Mexico out in the match against South Korea.
Honduras’s first match ended in a 2-2 against Morocco. Morocco was leading 1-0 at HT, but Honduras scored 2 goals to take the lead. They were given the advantage when Morocco had a player sent off in the 71st minute. He was sent off with a straight red card after kicking one of the Honduran players in the knee. Unfortunately, they couldn’t capitalize and ended up conceding a goal a few minutes after going ahead with a penalty. Their next game will be against Spain.
Coming into this game, Mexico were the favorites. However, South Korea completely outplayed them in the first half, Mexico was lucky that the score was 0-0 at HT. During the second half, Mexico started to play better, and came really close to scoring in the last minutes of the match. Raul Jimenez came within inches of giving Mexico the win, and the three points after Giovanni Dos Santos set him up. I was surprised at how Mexico played though. Like I said earlier, I expected more from them, esp for Dos Santos and Marco Fabian. Fabian is a player who knows how to score. In the Toulon Tournament, he scored 7 goals in 5 matches. The game ended 0-0 and Mexico has to disappointed in the way they played. Next up for them is Gabon, who played in a 1-1 draw against Switzerland.