As reported by SBNation on May 28, Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico, will host tonight’s World Cup 2014 friendly match between Mexico and Israel. Opening (start time) kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. PST) live on ESPN2 (national TV) and streaming free online at WatchESPN.
For Mexico, this will be the only chance this team will have to play in front of its home crowd before heading to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Thus, tonight’s match will be a chance for Mexican fans to express their appreciation for Cuauhtemoc Blanco, as he makes his 122nd and final appearance.
As reported by FOX Sports on May 28, the 41-year-old from Mexico City is in the midst of a farewell tour. Following tonight’s clash against Israel, Blanco is scheduled to return to Puebla for his season, making this match a must see for Mexican fans.
“I think it was time to leave the team,” said Blanco, who’ll be partnered up with Oribe Peralta this evening. “There is a high level. We must be realistic and I think I am happy with this farewell.”
Tonight’s live streaming match against Israel also gives Miguel Herrera the opportunity to put the finishing touches on his roster as well as strategy revision. Mexico’s projected starting lineup for tonight’s International Friendly goes as follows: Jose de Jesus Corona, Hector Moreno, Rafael Marquez, Francisco Rodriguez, Andres Guardado, Luis Montes, Herrera, Carlos Peña, Miguel Layun, Oribe Peralta and Cuauhtemoc Blanco.
One of the players to look out for in tonight’s game is Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez, who’s likely to come off the bench. The Manchester United striker is expected to play a key role in Brazil next month. Therefore, being able to get him going in these World Cup warm-ups could be a key to the club’s success.
Soccer fans around the world cannot afford to miss this 2014 World Cup International Friendly match between Israel and Mexico. Tune to ESPN2 to watch the action live on a TV set, or simply click on the WatchESPN link above to launch the free live stream.