I’m still in the honeymoon period. I’m happy, satisfied; I feel respected by all of them. It inevitable though that the players who don’t play as much suffer more, but my job is to take decisions which naturally affect the players. All of my players are very professional.
There has been speculation that Messi could leave PSG at the end of the season and though it seems unlikely that the Parisians would be willing to lose him and Mbappé, who is out of contract and seems set to join Madrid, Xavi would not turn down the opportunity to be reunited with his former team-mate, whether that be as a sensational transfer or simply as a visitor.
This was the Lions’ first visit to the west coast since 2018 and they wanted to leave with the three points. Well mission accomplished, because Ercan Kara led a quick breakaway for Orlando down the right flank and delivered a perfect cross for Facundo Torres, who headed home from inside the box, to give them the 1-0 advantage in the ninth minute.
In the preview, the United States have shown they can outclass Mexico because of what happened in their last three meetings. Everything started in 2021, when the USMNT defeated Mexico in the Nations League and the Gold Cup finals. This was a game changer for the United States, because when they met in November for the qualifiers they won again.
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