Hector Herrera (green jersey) scored Mexico’s 100th CONCACAF Hexagonal goal in a win over visiting Trinidad & Tobago on October 6, 2017, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- An already successful qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign for can become legendary for Mexico with a victory over host on Tuesday night at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.
“We are very hopeful. Tomorrow we will do everything possible to win,” Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio said in a press conference Monday. “Mexico, as a national team, has done very well in qualifying. We’re looking to top things off in the same way tomorrow.”
The Tricolor (6W-3D-0L) has secured a first-place finish in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the first time since the 1998 cycle and became the first team to score 100 Hexagonal goals, when Hector Herrera hit the back of the net on free kick in Friday’s 3-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago.
There are other milestones for Mexico to reach:
- With either a draw or victory on Tuesday, Mexico would finish the Hexagonal unbeaten, a feat achieved by only one other team in CONCACAF history: Mexico in WCQ for France 1998 (4-6-0).
- A victory in Honduras would give Mexico a total of 24 points in this CONCACAF Hexagonal, bettering Costa Rica’s record of 23 points South Korea/Japan 2002.
- Meanwhile, if Mexico draws with Honduras, it would equal the team-record for most points in a single Hexagonal (22, Germany 2006).
- While the Mexico attack earns plenty of headlines, its defense has stood out during this Hexagonal. The Tricolor has conceded just four goals, and if it allows one goal or fewer against the Catrachos, it will set a new record for the fewest goals allowed in a Hexagonal (United States, 6, Germany 2006).