Ricardo Ferretti (pictured) will return to Liga MX's Tigres after leading Mexico on an interim basis. (Photo: Mexsport)
PASADENA, California – “I believe we have a commitment to seek and do things well and do everything in our power to achieve victory.”
That’s what Mexico interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti said at a press conference following a training session Friday at the Rose Bowl, slightly more than 24 hours before his team faces the United States in the CONCACAF Cup.
As the moment of truth draws near, the magnitude of the first competitive match between the long-time rivals in more than two years becomes clearer.
A trip to Russia for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is at stake. Even if the Tricolor claims that ticket, however, Ferretti won’t be leading the delegation. His spell as national team manager will end after Tuesday’s friendly against Panama.
Before departing, Ferretti – who is also manager of Liga MX side Tigres -- wants to leave Mexico with a footballing gift. A second straight trip to the Confederations Cup would be the perfect farewell.
It is obvious that he has enjoyed the experience of leading the country’s best players.
"Amazing,” the 61-year-old responded, when asked about his time in charge of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion. “I had an idea and they totally astonished me. As human beings, as players, they are the best.
“I'll go with a big thank you and great satisfaction whatever the outcome of tomorrow. I'm very grateful and very happy that they have supported me with everything, helped me and I will never forget it for the rest of my life. Hopefully, tomorrow, we can take things even better and we will all be very happy.”
Mexico has participated in six Confederations Cups, winning the title in 1999.