After an on-again, off-again pursuit of an away A-match with the South Korean national football team, the Mexican national football team could meet South Korea again.
토토사이트U.S. media outlet WorldSoccerTalk reported on Saturday (16 September) that Mexico could face Australia and Saudi Arabia during the A-Match in September, with South Korea also remaining a possibility.
“Mexico is preparing for some interesting matches in September,” the media outlet said, adding, “No official announcement has been made yet, but Mexico is in talks with Saudi Arabia and Australia for September. England and South Korea are also possible opponents in the same period.”
In the case of Australia, the team is planning to play at AT&T Stadium in Texas, USA. The team will then travel to England for one remaining match.
Mexico had originally planned to play South Korea in September.
“The Mexican national team will play Saudi Arabia and South Korea in England during the September A matches,” Mexican media outlet Hecord reported in June.
After playing Colombia (2-2 draw) and Uruguay (1-2 loss) in March, Klinsmann’s team played Peru (0-1 loss) on the 16th and El Salvador (20th) this month. These were all at home, with a trip to England planned for the next A-match period in September.
Klinsmann has already confirmed a trial with the Welsh national team at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales on 7 September.
However, the tide turned on September 4 when Fox Sports Mexico reported that the Mexican national football team had cancelled a two-game European tour against South Korea and Saudi Arabia in favour of a two-game series in the United States.
It is believed that the decision was due to internal issues within the Fifa, but also due to ratings concerns on the part of the broadcasters.
“The Mexican Football Federation had prepared a tour of Europe under Rodrigo Ares de Farga, but with the arrival of new president Juan Carlos Rodriguez, he stepped down and the tour was cancelled,” the media said.
The Korean Football Association (KFA) was also aware of the news. “Negotiations broke down due to internal reasons on the Mexican side,” an official told Xportsnews at the time, adding, “We have to find an opponent for one of the two remaining games in September. We have to start from a blank slate.”
However, the door is still open. Mexico had pushed for a two-game series in the United States, but with the U.S. national team shifting to avoid A-matches against similar or tricky teams, it appears that Mexico is also pushing for a tour again.
South Korea have already played in Wales, so a date in England is a possibility, while Saudi Arabia could co-operate with Newcastle United, which is owned by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund (PIF). England are also a viable option, given that they play at home.
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