Mexico falls again to the United States, even with Raúl Jiménez and the complete stellar trident

The only missing piece in the matches against the United States, Raúl Jiménez, was not enough to change the result that has prevailed during 2021

Raul Jimenez was the only variable needed in Mexico to face the United States. The Mexican forward was not available in the first two defeats of the Tricolor in the year against the North American rival, but during 2021 neither the presence of the Wolves attacker threatened the victory of the champion team of the Gold Cup, Nations League and now leader of the World Cup qualifier.

Gerardo Tata Martino ended up playing with two center-forwards against USA and one of them was Raúl Jiménez. The America squad ran out of opportunity to avoid Mexico’s third defeat to the stars and stripes in 2021.

The hope was that with Raul Jimenez everything would be different on the court. It was not. Mexico missed the Wolves player last summer, in which USA laughed at the Tricolor with two victories in the Gold Cup and Nations League finals, respectively.

Raul Jimenez started as a starter before USA, although he had no opportunity to hurt the goal defended by Zack Steffen. The Wolves forward fought the ball and had contact with it, but every time he was out of the area.

He got two centers and did not shoot against the goal of the USA, fought for the pride of Mexico, although he did it without the ball and was about to earn the yellow card that would have taken him away from the Tricolor in the game against Canada, on Tuesday, due to the accumulation of cautions.

When the United States had the advantage, Tata Martino wanted to change and for the first time in his administration he played with two forward centers. He sent Rogelio Funes Mori, the forward who sought to fill the shoes of Raul Jimenez, for those days recovering from a skull fracture.

The result was the same, because Mexico Zack Steffen’s goal continued to fail, while Pulisic and McKennie celebrated, with their goals, the United States’ third win over Tricolor in 2021. Nothing changed with Raul Jimenez on the court.

The missing piece of the stellar trident of Mexico was not enough. ‘Tecatito’ Corona is the only one who has been able to score a goal for the United States when Chucky and Jiménez play together. In 2021 it was painted with the American flag.


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Mexico falls again to the United States, even with Raúl Jiménez and the complete stellar trident