Mexico’s World Cup run once again ended in the round of 16. Now it’s time to turn the page and look ahead to the next cycle.
There are plenty of questions surrounding the team. There are obvious things like who will coach the team and which players should step aside before 2022. But even the status of Mexico’s frequent friendly matches in the United States is uncertain with the CONCACAF Nations League getting started (though Mexico will not participate in the first go-round).
What we know for sure is Mexico’s next two matches in 2018 – a pair of games in the United States that should help everyone get back in the mood for international soccer.
Here are Mexico’s upcoming fixtures plus a look back at the team’s performance so far in 2018:
Upcoming Mexico national team fixtures
Friendly: vs. Uruguay – Sept. 7 (NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas)
Friendly: vs. United States – Sept. 11 (Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tennessee)
The team’s October matches reportedly will take place against Costa Rica in Monterrey and against Chile in Queretaro, but those matches are yet to be announced.
Recent Mexico scores and results
Mexico 1-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina – January 31 (Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas) – Gio dos Santos fails to impress, but Hugo Ayala’s header gives Mexico a win to open the year.
Mexico 3-0 Iceland – March 23 (Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California) – A pair of goals by Miguel Layun lifts El Tri to a victory over another World Cup-bound country.
Mexico 0-1 Croatia – March 27 (AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas) – Mexico leaves frustrated after losing not only the game but also seeing Nestor Araujo and Carlos Salcedo suffer injuries.
Mexico 0-0 Wales – May 28 (Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California) – There are plenty of chances created but no goal for the crowd of 82,345 to celebrate.
Mexico 1-0 Scotland – June 2 (Estadio Azteca – Mexico City, Mexico) – The team is sent off to Russia with boos and chants of ‘Fuera Osorio’ despite topping Scotland.
Denmark 2-0 Mexico – June 9 (Brondby Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark) – Worries are raised about a number of positions for Mexico with the home side dominating the final match before the World Cup.
Mexico 1-0 Germany – June 17 (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia) – A dream start to the World Cup for la seleccion, as Hirving Lozano’s goal helps Mexico top the reigning champ.
South Korea 1-2 Mexico: June 23 (Rostov Arena – Rostov-on-Don, Russia) – Exactly the result Mexico needed, with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scoring what proved to be the winner.
Mexico 0-3 Sweden: June 27 (Ekaterinburg Arena – Yekaterinburg, Russia) – A near-disaster, as Osorio’s side fell apart in the second half against Sweden, advancing only thanks to Germany’s loss.
Brazil 2-0 Mexico: July 2 (Samara Arena – Samara, Russia) – El Tri starts brightly but can’t keep up with Neymar, Willian or Roberto Firmino as the quarterfinal dream once again is dashed.