Mexico (above) celebrates after winning the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY -- After a strong showing at the recently completed World Cup in Brazil, Mexico will focus on winning the next CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Mexico Football Federation’s Sport Development Committee (CDD) signaled in a presentation of its activities calendar on Tuesday.
Pachuca Vice President Andres Fassi, a CDD member, stated that capturing a seventh Gold Cup is the main objective in 2015.
"We’ve always given priority to the Gold Cup," Fassi commented. “That’s why we start scheduling the next three years so that everyone knows what is going to happen, so you know what will be the national team structure for everything that's the Gold Cup, for all the FIFA dates.”
Next year’s Gold Cup is of particular significance, especially since the winner will square off against 2013 champion United States in a playoff for a berth at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
"A Copa America is coming and a Gold Cup is coming, which are the next important events for him (Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera),” said Héctor González Iñárritu, the Director of National Teams. “Obviously, we have to win the Gold Cup because it gives us the right to play a ‘Final of Finals’ against the United States in order to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
"We obviously have to take a competitive team to the Copa America because it is a very important competition against great rivals also.”
Mexico last won the Gold Cup in 2011, defeating the United States 4-2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.