The gold standard of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico is seeking a record seventh championship, while also attempting to win a third straight title for the second time, previously accomplishing the feat from 1993-98.
Mexico is one of two teams to participate in every edition of the Gold Cup. The other is the United States, a team El Tri has beaten in the final four times, including a 4-2 come-from-behind victory at the Rose Bowl two years ago.
The Mexicans have qualified for the FIFA World Cup 14 times and have reached the knockout stage of every Gold Cup.
Led by head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, Mexico has a busy summer schedule, competing in the fourth round of World Cup qualifiers, the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil and the Gold Cup, where it faces Panama, Canada and Martinique in group play.
Ranked No. 16 in the FIFA World Rankings, Mexico’s roster features no shortage of household names, highlighted by Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez, MVP of the 2011 Gold Cup.
Tigres defender Carlos Salcido and Cruz Azul midfielder Gerardo Torrado each have more than 100 caps, while defenders Severo Meza and Hiram Mier, midfielder Jesus Zavala and forward Aldo De Nigris recently helped Monterrey to a third straight CONCACAF Champions League title.
While most of the Mexican roster plays in Liga MX, three – Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Andres Guardado (Valencia) and Giovani dos Santos (Mallorca) – compete in Spain’s La Liga.