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Mexico World Cup qualifying recap: How does El Tri look after undefeated start?

Rogelio Funes Mori produced no goals in three matches. Hector Vivas/Getty Images
Is there depth to ensure a drama-free campaign?

Mexico’s struggles at right-back have been so apparent that Julio Cesar Dominguez, a 33-year-old center-back, was given the start at the position last Sunday against Costa Rica. Jorge Sanchez and Luis Rodriguez have platooned on the right side of the defense for months now, but neither looks to be a long-term solution for Martino as the road to Qatar continues.

A cartoonish mistake from Sanchez created the only goal for Jamaica, while Rodriguez’s follies at the position are enough for a low-light reel. Look for Martino to call in anyone carrying a good run of form in October to bolster the position. And yes, while Jimenez is Mexico’s undisputed starting striker, the overall lack of options at the position have been a constant hassle for Martino since the Wolverhampton man went down to injury late last year.

Funes Mori’s hot start has cooled, and Martin seems to be at his best when coming off the bench. Beyond those two, it’s anyone’s guess as to who could be called in to audition next month.

Mexico fans will hope Diego Lainez returns to duty in October. John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images
What to expect from the October fixtures?

In keeping with Martino’s decision to call in most of the group responsible for winning the bronze medal in Tokyo 2020 last summer, a healthy Lainez should be on the docket for October. Lainez can fill multiple positions in midfield and attack for Martino, giving Mexico more options and possibilities moving forward.

Alejandro Zendejas’ hot start at Necaxa this season has been increasingly hard to ignore, and the winger should see his first Mexico senior team cap if his form continues. Buried in the depth chart at Chivas, the Mexican-American has seen a career renaissance with Los Rayos, scoring four goals in seven games thus far.

Toluca striker Alexis Canelo is next in line to receive his naturalization papers, according to several reports. Should this come to pass before the next international window, expect Mexico to come calling. The 29-year-old Argentina native has 23 league goals for Los Diablos since the start of 2020.

Lastly, Club America’s Salvador Reyes has been lights out in his debut campaign for the Mexico City giants. The former Puebla man can play as a left back, on the left side of the midfield or even at winger.

Sourced from Man United

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