Gerardo “Tata” Martino and Co. picked up exactly where they left off: outlasting their rivals. Ironically, when nothing was on the line expect bragging rights this time around, Mexico played better than in the Gold Cup final over the summer.
[ RECAP: USMNT 0-3 Mexico ]
The Martino era only gets better with every passing day – for now.
Jonathan Orozco — 8 — It’s 2019, and 33-year-old Orozco recorded a clean sheet and a last-minute penalty save with El Tri. I’m sure even he can’t wrap that around his head. Nonetheless, he showed up for the few times he was called upon.
Jorge Sanchez — 7 — Sanchez can, potentially, be an integral part of the team that will compete in the CONCACAF Nation’s League next month. If so, the fullback is heading in with good standing.
Diego Reyes — 5 — Reyes wasn’t excruciatingly poor, but one could see that he’s been lacking stability at the club level, specifically when he awarded the USMNT a penalty in the dying minutes of Friday’s game.
Hector Moreno — 7 — Despite showing some weaknesses here and there, Moreno is clearly still one of Mexico’s best defenders. (We all know the reason, but I’ll still ask.) Why is he playing in Qatar?
Jesus Gallardo (Off 87′) — 7 — Monterrey’s fullback has grown into quite the player.
Hector Herrera — 8 — Herrera now has more assists with El Tri this year than minutes with Atletico Madrid. That has to change.
Carlos Rodriguez (Off 90′) — 7 — It’s hard to appreciate a player like Rodriguez. Tonight his valiant work on both sides of the field wasn’t mesmerizing, regardless of how much one analyzes it.
Andres Guardado (Off 77′) — 7 — The captain showed glimpses of creativity, but was in the middle of the spectrum the majority of the game.
Roberto Alvarado (Off 76′) — 4 — Alvarado struggled on the field in New Jersey. Period.
Jesus “Tecatito” Corona (Off 70′) — 9 — The last time Tecatito made headlines was for his national team absence. Time to turn the page and enjoy his pristine skillfulness.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (Off 87′) — 8 — It’s refreshing to see Chicharito score, especially when he’s just entered a new chapter in his legendary career.
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano (On 70′) — 8 — Lozano is clearly Mexico’s most talented player, and everyone hopes it will remain that way for a long time.
Uriel Antuna (On 76′) — 8 — There is no one who has benefited more from the Martino era – no one.
Erick Gutierrez (On 78′) — 8 — Things have turned around for the PSV Eindhoven man, and a goal will only speed up that healing confidence.
Alexis Vega (On 87′) — n/a — J.J. Macias may be the popular choice, but Vega is the chosen one.
Fernando Navarro (On 87′) — n/a — There’s no way Navarro is complaining about playing three minutes against the USMNT at MetLife Stadium.
Orbelin Pineda (On 90′) — n/a — Any time on the field is better than nothing, I guess.