Our prediction for this match:
Mexico and Ecuador square off against each other at Soldier Field in a highly-anticipated friendly. El Tri aim to make amends for a heavy 3-0 loss to Uruguay, and, no doubt, head coach Gerardo Martino is going to make changes to the team. All Beltran, Guardado, Herrera, and Pizarro are pushing for a start, while Raul Jimenez should continue to lead the line for the hosts.
La Tri, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nigeria. Anyhow, home win should be considered as the Mexicans will give 100% to bounce back from the loss to Uruguay. As for the nominal visitors, all Plata, Estrada, and Sarmiento are pushing for a start. In their last meeting in a warm-up game Ecuador defeated Mexico 3-2, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (Ecuador):
Ecuador had endured difficult times in footballing terms having been considered to be one of the more struggling football nations in South America, but the Tri have managed to transform themselves into a team that can never be taken lightly at the international scene.
Ecuador has taken part in three of the 22 World Cups with 12 position they achieved in 2006 in Germany being their best result so far. La Tricolor head into Copa America Centenario tied at the top of CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying table and their chances of making it through from group B have been increased with good results and alike performances.
Ivan Hurtado played for El Tri since 1992 to 2014 and former centre-back remains the most capped international with 168 games to his name. Ecuador captain Walter Ayovi is the active player with most games in the national team, while Felipe Caicedo with 19 goals is the top scorer of Gustavo Quinteros’ side.