Wednesday’s international preview: Mexico/Netherlands rematch, Gold Cup qualifiers

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The international break means you won’t have to go far to see your favorite players from the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, et. al, and you won’t even need to wait until the USMNT faces Colombia and Euro qualifying restarts later this week.

Argentina vs. Croatia

La Albiceleste welcome Erik Lamela into the high-powered fold after a mixed bag of results since their World Cup final loss against Germany. A 2-0 loss to Brazil in China is sandwiched between a 4-2 friendly win over the Germans and a 7-0 thumping of Hong Kong. Croatia is unbeaten in Euro qualifying, with 7 goal scorers accounting for their 9 goals. They haven’t conceded a single goal. Argentina will change the tone and tenor of their competition.

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Netherlands vs. Mexico

Miguel Herrera’s latest European adventure begins with a tough match-up against the Dutch. This rematch of the Netherlands’ controversial World Cup ouster of El Tri, and Mexico hasn’t lost since that day at Fortaleza. Herrera’s brought four strikers, all playing in Spain: Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela, Raul Jimenez and Giovani dos Santos.

The Dutch have a massive Euro qualifier against Latvia on Monday, so their lineup against Mexico could be up for debate. The Netherlands are in third place in Group A, six points back of both Iceland and the Czech Republic.

Turkey vs. Brazil – The Dunga project rolls on, sans sunglasses and flip-flops.
Belgium vs. Iceland – Things could get wide open here. One t
Norway vs. Estonia – Could be the next step for 15-year-old wonder Martin Odegaard.
Malaysia vs. Syria – The battle of minnows will favor the hosts.

Gold Cup qualifying / 2014 Caribbean Cup
Curacao vs. Trinidad and Tobago — Tuesday
Haiti vs. Antigua and Barbuda — Wednesday