El Tri should easily defeat Guyana 

June, 7, 2012
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Mexico hosts Guyana Friday night in the first match that counts this World Cup cycle. But, ironically, this game promises none of the intrigue of last Sunday's showdown with Brazil in Dallas. In fact, this match doesn't even promise the intrigue of last week's other friendlies with Wales or Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Guyana is a bit of a mystery side, no doubt, but the only real mystery is by how many goals El Tri will win on Friday night in El Azteca. Still, with a much trickier qualifier on the docket early next week in El Salvador, there are questions to be answered for El Tri during Friday night's homecoming.

Will Manuel de la Torre field a B-team?

The first question on de la Torre's mind will be how to handle the lineup against an overmatched Guyana. Even if El Tri has gotten some rest since the Brazil match, there are plenty of reasons why it would make sense to send out a less-than-full-strength squad against Guyana.

The first of those is the battle that awaits in El Salvador Tuesday night, on just three days' rest. Away against a fierce Central American rival, El Tri will need to be at full strength to assure all three vital points. Of course, the first team is capable of going against Guyana and then El Salvador, but de la Torre may well prefer not to take his chances with some starters, when a second-string squad at home should have no problem handling Guyana.


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Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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