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Osorio says Mexico can’t overlook USMNT

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio says that Mexico will try and go for the win when they take on the United States in November, but that they have to be careful as the U.S. is an attacking threat.

Mexico will travel to Columbus to take on the United States on Nov. 11 as the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers gets underway. Eight nations are battling for the three direct spots to the World Cup, with the fourth-placed team heading to the intercontinental playoff. Osorio is hoping for a good start against the U.S. in Columbus, a place where they historically have had a difficult time.

“Well, the idea is always the same, to try to play to our strengths, but we also understand the United States is a strong team,” Osorio said. “We believe that they are very good at direct football, in open plays as well as set plays. So we’ll take that into consideration and we’ll put a team that can compete against the United States with their athleticism but also we’ll put a team that can play football and can take the game to them.”

Mexico won their group in the fourth round of qualifiers, grabbing five wins and a draw in the six matches to top the group on 16 points. El Tri is coming off friendly wins over New Zealand and Panama.

“Against the United States and against Panama as visitors, we’ve got great chances and we’re going to try to compete with them,” Osorio said. “Now the most important thing is that our players stay in good health, hopefully there aren’t any injuries, that they compete with their respective clubs. I think the next Mexico call is going to be a very strong one and very well positioned to compete in the two matches.”

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