"Osorio is the coach of this team and he choses the players in the starting XI", said Paez. So what happened? Luis Pompilio Paez, Osorio's assistant and the main voice on the bench, brought in promising center back Cesar Montes to replace Rodolfo Pizarro, an attacking midfielder.
But forget Osorio, these are players who hope to be part of a squad fighting for a spot in Russia, so part of the solution on how to beat defensive-minded teams must come from them. By halftime, Torres had accounted for three of El Tri's five first half shots, although none of his efforts were on frame. The midfielder actually put the ball past Blake, but Jamaican defender Jermaine Taylor was in the right place at the right time to make a goal-line save and help Blake keep a clean sheet. "We wanted to get three points for [the fans] and qualify for the quarterfinals". The match should be a hard-fought clash and have plenty of goals in it.
But too many Mexican attacks fizzled with loss of possession at the edges of the penalty area, earning a smattering of boos as anxiety rose near the end of the game from a largely green-clad crowd that came equipped with Mexican flags and sombreros. "That's the main objective that we have in mind".
If that's the case then the advice is simple: Trust your team and go forward without hesitation. Striker Erick Torres of the Houston Dynamo, the only Mexican starter who doesn't play for a Mexican club, hit the post in the 23rd minute for Mexico's best chance of the game.
It was the second time Whitmore's national senior team was getting a 0-0 result against the Mexicans at high altitude, having done so in a World Cup qualifier inside the Azteca Stadium in February 2012.