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JUST A FRIENDLY

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The Mexican national team manager José Manuel de la Torre has once again insisted that the much anticipated match with the United States is nothing more than a friendly match that will be used to gauge the performance of the team ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Mexico will be coming into the match on the back of the gold medal secured at the London Olympics 2012. It is one of the biggest achievements for the nation in recent times. However, they will have the chance to better this if they appear at the 2014 FIFA World Cup according to José Manuel de la Torre.

The match against the United States is one of the most anticipated due to the intense rivalry between the two nations when it comes to football. However, the manager has lowered expectations ahead of this match by saying that he will be making a few changes in order to assess the quality of the squad members. He has also lowered the profile of the match by saying that it is just a pre-season friendly match for the national team. He will be using this match as a preparation for the upcoming qualification matches that will see Mexico take on teams like Costa Rica and El Salvador.

“It's a preparation game, we've only got one before taking on Costa Rica [in World Cup qualifying] and we'll approach it as such. We'd also like to go about it in the best way possible and that necessarily means getting a good result,” said the Mexican national team manager ahead of the match with United States. The Manchester United striker Hernandez also has said that it is a good opportunity to view a number of the squad numbers ahead of the World Cup qualifiers that will begin shortly.