The Mexico national team has a busy summer planned in the U.S. with a couple of friendlies and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June and July. Head coach Miguel Herrera wanted to make sure his side had the special touch required for success and was on hand at Disney’s Magic Kingdom looking for answers.
“Coming [to Disney] helps you ease the pressure,” Herrera said during his visit. “Spending time with Disney visitors and promoting our game. Spending the day with Mickey just brings back your childhood. It brings back the kid we all have inside.”
El Tri Colores has a busy summer ahead of them. They open the June with 2 friendlies ahead of their CONMEBOL Copa America campaign in June and follow that up with a tour of the U.S.
The U.S. summer tour opens with a friendly against Costa Rica at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on June 27. They will then travel to Houston to face Honduras on July 1 before opening their 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign against Cuba in Chicago on July 9.
“I think it is important for Mexico to play in Orlando again,” Herrera explained. “We are scouting for a training field to prepare for our game against Costa Rica before the Gold Cup. We have chosen Orlando, an extraordinary city. When you say ‘Orlando’ you always think about Disney and we are very happy to be here offering a great soccer game for our fans in Orlando and all our fans across the United States that will watch this game.”
Herrea took a moment to give Mickey Mouse some pointers and then presented him with his own Mexico national team jersey with his name and the #10.
But it was not all fun for the head coach. The primary goal was to scout out a training facility in the area and prepare for the ‘difficult year’ ahead.
“We are facing 2 important tournament. First, Copa America and then the Gold Cup here in the United States. That is the most important one because it is held by CONCACAF and can determine if we play other confederations (at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017). We will seek to win both tournaments.”
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