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 By Tom Marshall

Mexico can beat Germany in 2018 World Cup opener - Carlos Vela

Progressing from the last six World Cup group stages, Mexico have no issues starting the tournament well, but can they progress in the knockout stages in Russia?
Major League Soccer: Carlos Vela (74') Portland Timbers 1-1 LAFC
After Mexico's preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn't take to Russia.

Mexico's Carlos Vela believes that on his national team's best day they can beat anyone in the world, even prohibitive Group F favorites Germany.

Vela, 29, chose not to play for El Tri at the World Cup four years ago, but says he is determined to make Russia 2018 count if he makes the cut for Juan Carlos Osorio's final 23-man squad.

The LAFC striker rejoined the national team fold in November 2014 and has been in solid form of late, netting seven goals in his first 11 games since joining MLS from...

United States to face Mexico in Sept. 11 friendly in Nashville

Christian Pulisic speaks from Dortmund, Germany, about his plans to play with the USA in the upcoming match against Bolivia in Pennsylvania.

The United States men's national team will host Mexico in a friendly in Nashville on Sept. 11.

ESPN FC reported last month that the U.S. was finalizing deals to play Brazil and Mexico during the September international window, and the game against El Tri was confirmed on Thursday. It will air on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The U.S. has played at Nissan Stadium five times since 2006, most recently in a 1-1 draw against Panama at the 2017 Gold Cup in front of 47,622 fans. The NFL venue will also host games...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico will miss Nestor Araujo at World Cup but top defender will return

After Mexico's preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn't take to Russia.
Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez break down Mexico's 28-man preliminary roster for the World Cup and who might miss out on the trip to Russia.

TORREON, Mexico -- It's naturally a bitter disappointment whenever a player is forced to miss a World Cup due to injury, but the news on Wednesday that Nestor Araujo will not be part of Mexico's squad that travels to Russia was particularly cruel.

The 26-year-old center-back almost didn't make it as a pro and has gone through more ups and downs in his career than most seasoned veterans. As a teenager in Cruz Azul's youth system, Araujo was close to packing his bags and returning to his native...

Mexico hoping Lozano, Vela can finally get them past round of 16

Progressing from the last six World Cup group stages, Mexico have no issues starting the tournament well, but can they progress in the knockout stages in Russia?
After Mexico's preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn't take to Russia.
Ian Darke asks ESPN's expert panel if Juan Carlos Osorio's Mexico, after bowing out in six straight round-of-16s, can overcome their World Cup curse.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Andres Guardado
Manager: Juan Carlos Osorio
Nickname: El Tri
FIFA Rank (as of April 12, 2018): 15

How they qualified

Mexico advanced to CONCACAF's Hexagonal round with 16 points, good enough for first place in their group. El...



 By Tom Marshall

Liga MX re-institutes youth rule that helped develop Javier Hernandez, Andres Guardado

ESPN FC's Tom Marshall catches up with Jorge Villafana, who helped Santos win the Liga MX title two days after being robbed at gunpoint.

Liga MX will introduce a rule designed to give younger players more opportunities in Mexico's first division, the league announced on Wednesday.

Each of the 18 clubs will have to give at least 765 minutes to players born in 1997 or after during the 2018 Apertura regular season. For the Clausura 2019, players born in 1998 or after will have to make up 1000 minutes, although those born in 1997 can count for up to 50 percent of those.

The decision comes after concerns that younger players weren't getting...