Mexico's national soccer team finished last year unbeaten and showing some convincing performances. Gerardo Martino's side will have new challenges this 2021, including international friendlies, the CONCACAF Nations League, the Gold Cup and the CONCACAF World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Here you will find the national team's schedule, dates and rivals.
The Mexican side played five international friendlies in 2020 between October and Novemeber. 'El Tricolor' recorded four victories and a draw, with the 1-0 away win over the Netherlands standing out.
This year, coach Martino and the players will finally face the challenges they have been preparing for in 2020: the CONCACAF Nations League, the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the CONCACAF World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Although due to calendar issues, some dates have not been confirmed for the moment. Check out the Mexico's national soccer team schedule in 2021.
Mexico 4 Dominican Republic 1 (Olympic Qualifiers) - March 18, 2021
Mexico Under-23 national team, coached by Jaime Lozano, began its Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament against Dominican Republic at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara on March 18. El Tricolor won 4-1 with a hat-trick scored by Sebastián Córdova and anothet goal netted by Carlos Rodríguez. They also share the Group A with the United States and Costa Rica.
Mexico 3 Costa Rica 0 (Olympic Qualifiers) - March 21, 2021
The Tricolor played their second Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship game against Costa Rica on March 21 at Akron Stadium, and clinched an outstanding 3-0 victory to secure a place in the semifinals.
Mexico 1 United States 0 (Olympic Qualifiers) - March 24, 2021
And last but not least, the most expected game of the tournament. Mexico defeated the United States 1-0 with a goal scored by Uriel Antuna on March 24 at the Estadio Jalisco. Lozano's side finished at the top of the Group A with perfect score in the 2021 Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship
Mexico 0 Wales 1 - March 27, 2021
Mexico made a new European tour in March to play an international friendly. It was one of the team's first matches of the year. Who was Mexico's rival? Wales, on March 27 at the Cardiff City Stadium. It was the fifth game between these two national teams and finished in a 1-0 defeat for Mexico.
Mexico 2 Canada 0 - March 28, 2021 (Olympic Qualifiers Semifinals)
Mexico qaulified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on March 28 at the Jalisco Stadium, in Guadalajara, after beating Canada 2-0 in the 2021 Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship semifinals. Uriel Antuna and Johan Vasquez scored for El Tricolor.
Mexico 1 Costa Rica 0 - March 30, 2021
The team coached by Gerardo 'Tata' Martino recovered from its defeat to Wales in its first international friendly of the year by beating Costa Rica 1-0, on March 30. Hirving 'Chucky' Lozano scored the winning goal in the 89th minute to give Mexico their first victory in 2021.
Mexico 1 Honduras 1 (5-4) - March 30, 2021 (Olympic Qualifiers Final)
The Mexico Under-23 national team became the 2021 Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship champions on March 30 after beating Honduras 5-4 on penalties. The match finished in a 1-1 draw, but Jaime Lozano's side managed to clinch the title in the penalty shootout. El Tricolor have already qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo after reaching the tournament's final.
Mexico vs Iceland - May 30, 2021
Gerardo Martino's side will play against Iceland on May 30 in its first international friendly of its tour in the US. It will be the Mexican national team's last game before playing the Concacaf Nations League semifinals against Costa Rica.
Mexico vs Costa Rica - June 2-4 (Nations League Semifinals)
The Mexico national soccer team will play again in June when it faces Costa Rica in the Concacaf Nations League semifinals. If Martino's side get a victory, it will face either the United States or Honduras in the tournament's final.
Mexico in 2021 Gold Cup
The 2021 Gold Cup will take place from July 10th to August 1. Mexico, winners of the 2019 edition, will compete in Group A against El Savador, Curcao and one national team from the preliminary round.
Mexico in CONCACAF FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers
The dates has not been confirmed yet. Mexico will play two matches in June, one of them against Jamaica and the other opponent has to be decided. In September, Maritno's team will play again (rival TBD), and in October will face the United States in one of the most expected matches for both sides. Mexico's last official game of the year will be against Costa Rica in November.