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Mexico To Play Two November Friendlies In Europe

Mexico to play Euro friendlies in November

Photo Courtesy of the Official Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Facebook Page

The month of November on the soccer calender means that the most important leagues are about a third of the way through the league season, give or take a few games, the Champions League group stage is entering the second half of group stage play and it also means that national teams play the final game or two of the calender year. For the Mexican National Team this month of November will see them play two final games to finish off 2014, both games will be played on European soil.

The dates for the European based friendlies which Mexico will play during November are on Wednesday the 12th and then on Tuesday the 18th to wrap up what has turned out to be a very good 2014 after what was a forgettable 2013. On November 18, Mexico will take on Belarus in the city of Borisov but it is the November 12 game which has caught the eye of many. On that date, Mexico will take on the team that eliminated them in the 2014 World Cup in the Round of 16 as they take on the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

The game against the Netherlands will surely be viewed as a chance to get some “revenge” against a Dutch team that knocked ‘El Tri’ out the the World Cup. While it would be nice as a fan of the team to see them try and somehow find a way to be able to pull off a win in order to help soften the wound from that elimination, the game against the Netherlands and to a lesser extent against Belarus have a much bigger meaning and emphasis associated with them. For starters, it will give Miguel Herrera a chance to begin integrating all healthy European based Mexican players a chance to start the process with a view towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It is likely that Herrera will not call up any European based players for the September friendlies in the United States and without an October friendly set, these two November friendlies will allow those players to get started in this new cycle.

Often times many Mexican National Teams fans complain that the team plays too many friendlies in the United States against in some (or most) cases inferior opposition who do nothing but just help the federation and the promoter for these games, Soccer United Marketing to continue profiting. Therefore it is good to see the ‘El Tri’ make the trek over to Europe to close out 2014 and it is good to for Miguel Herrera to get a chance to begin preparing for the cycle ahead by playing a couple of different opponents who will test them out in two completely different ways on November 12 and 18.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Mexican National Team and Liga MX writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan

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