- Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
by Miguel Padilla
The Head Coach for the Mexican Men’s National Team, Gerardo “Tata” Martino held a press conference ahead of the upcoming international friendly between Mexico and Argentina as part the #MEXTOUR. Mexico is undefeated under Tata’s tenure with 9 wins and only 1 draw.
The Mexican National Team is coming off the 2019 Copa Oro where they defeated the USA 1-0 in the final by a goal from Jonathan Dos Santos. It was a successful tournament for Mexico, claiming their dominance on the region. Mexico put 7 on Cuba, Raul Jimenez won the golden boot with five goals and Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa won the golden glove award for giving up only two goals in 423 minutes of play. Mexico are clearly the kings of CONCACAF.
Mexico is now looking towards the future as they gear up for the newly formed CONCACAF Nations League, World Cup Qualifying and eventually Qatar 2022. That first test for Mexico will be at the Alamodome versus Argentina on September 10th.
Tata Martino discussed playing against the former Argentine side he coached from 2014 to 2016. It will be the first time he faces Argentina as the Mexican National Team Head Coach and first time since he was Head Coach at Paraguay.
Tata also discussed that Carlos Vela will not be part of the Mexican National Team during the upcoming match and mentioned that there is no plan for Vela to join the team in the near future. Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa will also be absent as he recently returned to Club America and will focus on playing in LigaMX and spending time with his family.
Mayor of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg and Gerardo “Tata” Martino made an appearance at the Riverwalk for the kit presentation and talk about the upcoming Mexico v Argentina match. Mayor Nirenberg said ” San Antonio is a soccer town…..San Antonio is also a gateway to Central and South America. So, We’re having two of the most storied teams playing on our home turf. It’s going to be a great fun for locals here in San Antonio and certainly great and compelling soccer to watch for the fans.”
Tata was familiar with San Antonio having watched the Spurs being a fan of Manu Ginobili and now visiting the city seeing it in person, he noted that San Antonio is a marvelous city.
Mexico vs Argentina will take place at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas on September 10th at 8:30 PM. Over 50,000 tickets have been sold and going fast.