Mexico began their very busy summer on Saturday with a friendly against Croatia at the Los Angeles Coliseum. But unfortunately for Juan Carlos Osorio's men, they lost 2-1 and couldn't get their summer started off on the right foot.
What did we take away from the match?
A record for Chicharito
No player in the history of Mexico has scored more goals than Chicharito. Forget everything else, that's absolutely amazing.
Chicharito captured the record when he came off the bench to score El Tri's lone goal and the crowd erupted, as they should have. He is their greatest ever goal scorer.
It's worth remembering that this Croatia team wasn't close to their best. They handed several players their first ever caps and leaned on some new players, while the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic and Mario Mandzukic were either busy with their clubs or given some rest. That makes their strong performance all the more impressive, and while Mexico also had some reserves in the first half, they were closer to a first team and were outplayed, which has to concern Juan Carlos Osorio.
Rough showing for Diego Reyes
Reyes came into this week talking about how he thought this last season was his best yet since moving to Europe. The undeniably talented defender looked like he'd have a chance to take a regular spot in Mexico's starting lineup this summer, but this match didn't help his case. His terrible back-pass allowed Croatia to score their second goal and he generally struggled to stay with Croatia when they played with any speed. The enigma that is Diego Reyes lives on.
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The fringe players underwhelmed
Juan Carlos Osorio used the first half to give some fringe players the chance to show they could be counted on in World Cup qualifying or the Confederations Cup. Unfortunately, they didn't really do so.
The second half saw Chicharito, Andres Guardado, Jonathan dos Santos and Carlos Vela come on and they made a huge difference. While Mexico undoubtedly have a lot of depth and talent, there's a pretty clear gap between their top players and the fringe players. Osorio may have hoped a couple players would close that gap some against Croatia, but it didn't happen.
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Lovre Kalinic made a statement
Gent made Kalinic their record signing when they bought him in January, which is pretty astounding considering he is a goalkeeper. He then went on to make Gent look smart, playing excellently in the Belgian league. But while he had broken through at the club level, he hadn't really gotten the chance to do so for Croatia.
When handed a chance on Saturday against Mexico, Kalinic made the most of it. He had a couple of terrific saves, organized his back line and was confident coming off his line. It was a thoroughly impressive showing for the goalkeeper.
The scoreline was unfair to Mexico
Mexico may not have been the better team on the day, but a 2-1 loss, especially when they got to finish up a man, doesn't really show how the contest went. For all of El Tri's first half problems, and there were many, they were dominant in the second half.
Had Lovre Kalinic not been outstanding, combined with some bad bounces and a couple clearances off the line by Croatia, Mexico would have at least managed a draw.
All in all, this was a friendly. Underwhelming, yes, but not without bright spots, and Mexico won't be judged by how they looked against Croatia anyway. They have World Cup qualifying and a Confederations Cup coming up. That's what matters.