Mexico to face Queretaro in friendly

MEXICO CITY - Its FIFA Confederations Cup campaign has not started yet, but Mexico is already thinking about the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. On Friday, the Mexican Football Federation announced that the national selection will play against Querétaro in preparation for next month's confederation event.

'El Tri' will meet Gallos Blancos on July 3rd at Queretaro's Estadio Corregidora. It will be the Mexican national team's first match in the Estadio Corregidora since November 11, 2011, when the defeated Serbia 2-0 in a friendly.

Mexico, is seeking to become Gold Cup champion for the third straight time, will open its preparation camp on Monday.

The contest against Queretaro will be the final match for Mexico before its Gold Cup opener on July 7th against Panama in Pasadena, California.

Last Wednesday, the six-time Gold Cup champion revealed its 23-player roster for the competition. It consists of players who feature in the Mexican league, including three players from 2013 Clausura champion Club America (Moisés Muñoz, Miguel Layun, Adrián Aldrete) and three players from CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey (Jonathan Orozco, Darvin Chávez, Leobardo López).

National team head coach José Manuel de la Torre will return to coach the team in the Gold Cup once México's participation concludes in the Confederations Cup in Brazil. Raul Gutierrez and Salvador Reyes will direct the team in de la Torre's place in the interim.