The Mexican soccer team will face Panama on June 30 in a friendly match in Nashville (Tennessee, USA), prior to their participation in the Concacaf Gold Cup, in which they will defend the title starting on June 10. of July.
The Mexican Football Federation confirmed on Tuesday the dispute of the match that will continue the work of the coach, the Argentine Gerardo Martino, for the main commitments of the season.
Mexico will face Iceland on May 29, in Arlington; and to Honduras, on June 12 in Atlanta, in two games, also in the United States, prior to the confrontation with the Panamanians, with whom they added 14 wins, two losses and five draws.
This year, Mexico has as its main commitments the decisive part of the League of Nations, in which it will face Costa Rica on June 4 in the semifinals; the Gold Cup and the start of the qualifying rounds for the World Cup in Qatar.
For the League of Nations, Martino called up almost all his players except for forward Javier Hernández, of the MLS Galaxy, who is the leading scorer in the United States league and it is expected that in that contest and in the next two the team participate with a mix of well-established veterans with talented youngsters.
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Although he will take the tournaments of the year seriously, Martino has as a priority in 2021 the Tokyo Olympic Games, in which the U23 coach, Jaime Lozano, will have the possibility to summon Diego Lainez, from Real Betis, Edson Álvarez, from the Dutch Ajax and Gerardo Arteaga, from the Belgian Genk, as well as some players over 23 years of age.
Mexico, Olympic champion in London 2012, lost in the first round at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and now intends to fight again for a medal in Tokyo.
In the Olympic Games the Mexicans will play in group A, against Japan, France and South Africa.