Copa America kicked off on June 11 with a 2-0 win for host nation Chile over Ecuador. Now it is the turn of the other teams in the tournament's Group A: Mexico and Bolivia.
El Tri head coach Miguel Herrera has named his starters for the match...sort of, he is undecided about whether to pick Javier Guemez or Mario Osuna for the start. But the rest of the team is set, with the most surprising decision being to keep Atletico Madrid's Raul Jimenez out of the lineup.
But former Red Bull Rafa Marquez will anchor the back line, collecting his 127th cap for his country.
Mexico XI vs Bolivia: Corona; Marquez, Ayala, Cata, Flores, Aldrete; Guemez OR Osuna, Medina, Tecatito; Vuoso and Herrera.— ESPN Tri (@ESPNFCtri) June 11, 2015
This Mexico squad is widely considered a B-team, with several high-profile players held back for July's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Nonetheless, Herrera has insisted "the objective is to win", and the objective should certainly be to improve on El Tri's three-losses-and-out performance in the 2011 Copa America. Mexico has never won the CONMEBOL championship, but it has been runner-up twice and finished third three times in eight tournaments since 1993.
El Tri will be favorite against Bolivia, a team that hasn't got out of the group stage of Copa America since 1997 (when it hosted the competition and reached the final). And if Mexico can pick up three points in this match, then it will be in a strong position to advance - given that the top two teams in each group and two of the three third placed teams will all make the knockout rounds.