Herrera hails Mexico’s efforts

Head coach Miguel Herrera (right) was satisfied with Mexico's performances in wins over Ecuador and Paraguay in the March friendlies. (Photo: Mexsport) 

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – With a 1-0 win over Paraguay at Arrowhead Stadium, Mexico completed Tuesday a productive stretch to launch its busy 2015 international calendar.

The Tricolor was able to observe numerous players, including a 1-0 win over Ecuador on March 28 in Los Angeles

Head coach Miguel Herrera was pleased with the contributions of many in his squad, especially those without an abundance of national team experience, such as forward Eduardo Herrera and goalkeeper Meliton Hernandez. 

Herrera, a forward with Liga MX’s Pumas, scored the only goal against the Paraguayans on a tremendous effort in just the third minute, while Hernandez kept a clean sheet in his debut.

“I very much liked the attitude from Lalo [Eduardo Herrera] and from Meliton [Hernandez],” said Herrera. “[Hernandez] brought calm to the team.  No one has worked a lot with him.  There was only one day to think about how to try to play with him like you always did.  But I liked it and he was also poised, which is most important.”

Miguel Herrera believes the victories will inject Mexico with a shot of confidence heading into the Copa America (June 11-July 4, 2015) and the CONCACAF Gold Cup (July 7-26, 2015).

“The result was important because it was a boost to the team’s self-esteem,” the 47-year-old finished.  “They (Ecuador and Paraguay) are teams that you could face in the Copa America, but what leaves me most calm is the attitude, the determination, the good work of everyone.”

Mexico returns to action on April 15 against the United States in San Antonio, Texas.