SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Mexico left San Antonio, Texas, satisfied following an impressive 4-0 victory over Korea in a friendly on Wednesday.
After a difficult 2013, such a decisive result brought palpable joy to a Mexican squad that demonstrated unity on and off the field.
Several Tricolor players spoke with CONCACAF.com about the necessity of starting the year on the right foot.
“What’s most important is the operation of the team,” said Tigres defender Jorge Torres Nilo. “I think that the team played very intelligently from the first minute and that was accompanied with the result. We were very focused on winning this match. One does not think of pressure but in winning for the pride of the team.”
For Guadalajara striker Aldo de Nigris, the team’s future success will be measured in terms of perceptible improvement.
“We have had to learn from all that was bad and of the errors we committed,” said de Nigris. “We have to learn from that so it does not come back and happen again, but that is in the past and we are thinking of the present.”
Against the Koreans, Mexico introduced some new faces into the side, including Alan Pulido. The Tigres forward struck for a hat-trick in his senior debut.
Captain Rafael Marquez, who is looking to participate in a fourth straight World Cup finals, expressed his pleasure with their play.
“I’m happy for them,” said Marquez. “I think they deserved an opportunity with the national team, so it is going to be very difficult for everyone to be on the final World Cup list.”
Torres Nilo praised the enterprise and effort of Pulido, his Tigres teammate. It is something that he sees everyday on the training ground.
“Pulido is a lad who always works,” said the 26-year-ol defender. “He has a lot of mobility and I am happy for his performance.”
Mexico returns to action on March 5in a friendly against Nigeria.