Overall it was not a bad game for Mexico. The result shouldve been expected, with Brazil having their WCQ next month, so to them this was a little more then a "friendly". Goalie: Memo was easily Mexico's best. It doesnt even suprise me anymore. He has proven he is the best Mexicohas to offer, and shows the potential to make a case for best Mexican goalie ever. If the guy doesnt leave to Europe by the next transfer window it will be a crime. Defense: Castro is a serious contender for the starting position postion on the left. Im usually disappointed with Magallon but I thought he did well, a couple things he needs to work on but he held his own tonight. Rafa was having a great game then came his assist to Kaka, I just hope he can limit those (better yet erase them completely) mistakes as he picks up level of play completely. Salcido did good defensively even though he was caught out of place a few times, but offensively a lot of his runs were mistimed and ineffective, which is rare to see from him. Midfield: As a unit, they were good defensively. Torrado and Correa did a lot of running which is what is expected as D-Mids, but offensively they provide almost nothing which is discouraging. Playing with 2 contenciones helps the opponents focus on the wings defensively, which makes it harder for the attacking team. Thats the reason why our wings had to take on atleast 2 players anytime they attempted to go forward. Guardado and Arce did their job and did good, both are the solidified starters. Correa was a ghost on the field for periods of time during the game, but that tends to happen to our contenciones a lot. Torrado did what he does best and thats hustle and fight for balls, but provides nothing going forward. I think its time we start playing with only 1 contencion or atleast a combo of Araujo or Mejia paired with Pardo b/c Pardo has the ability to go forward, and let the 1 of the young guns run/fight their hearts out as a contencion. Forwards: Nery was a complete disappointment. He lost the ball 95% of the times he touched it, and 1 of the few times he decided he was going to pass we scored, so that should be a huge hint. Hopefully he realizes he needs to pass more, and somebody needs to teach him to keep his head up when he runs with the ball. Cacho didnt do much besides the goal, but he also didnt get much support from Nery. They had an off game, however I still think this is a good combo upfront until Gio, Vela, and Landin are polished and ready. Subs: None of them had enough time to really show much, but hope the young guys got valueable time, experience, and lessons from the older guys and just being at the concentration overall. What needs to improve: *Mexico needs to work on making sure if their going to lose, make the other team beat them because to often they find ways to beat themselves. *Stay with the same high intensity throughout the game, they always (I mean always) come out "flat" the first 15 minutes of the second half. *Somebody please let Hugo know/help when he should make subs. Last words: I still am very optomistic about this team, and the rising talent of it. The average age of the 23 players mustve been in the early 20's (my guess is 23) so we have nothing to be ashamed as we look forward. Hugo still can use more coaching lessons, because tactically there comes a point in the game when changes need to be made yet they never are. (Should ask Pekerman for some advice, he is in Toluca I imagine it wont be too hard to have a sit down with him and talk tactics) It always hurts to lose, but keep in mind it is Brazil (not many teams in the whole world can even go into a game against Brazil with the mindstate that they can beat them), and it was more of a friendly to us then it was for them. I just pray we keep playing quality oppenents in friendly games, and not play teams like Panama, Guatemala, or China. I'd rather see us play teams like Nigeria, Ghana, England, Germany, Holland, Spain, or even Austrailia.