“El futuro del fútbol mundial nuevamente estará en México mostrando sus cualidades”
“The future of world football will again be in Mexico showcasing their talents” – a promotion commonly used in press releases for the Copa México de Naciones
Last year marked the first edition of the Copa México de Naciones which ran from June 18 until June 24. The tournament invited the following 8 teams: Mexico, Spain, Nigeria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Canada, and United States. Nigeria decided not to attend the tournament which prompted organizers to include an all star youth team from Mexico’s amateur Third Division, which is actually the fourth tier of the country’s league system. This last minute addition was listed as “Mexico II” in the proceedings.
Both in 2012 and 2013, the tournament rules stipulate two 35 minute halves with a 10 minute break for halftime. This is crucial as the group stage games are played on consecutive days.
The United States team went 1-1-1 in group B of the 2012 tournament; beating Costa Rica, drawing Colombia, and losing to Spain. Mexico II beat Mexico in penalties in one semifinal match while Colombia defeated Spain in a penalty shootout in the other. Colombia lost to Mexico II after the final went into extra rounds of penalties. Continue reading