Goalkeeper Moises Muñoz (pictured) was outstanding in Mexico's draw against Argentina in an international friendly on September 8, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo: Mexsport)
ARLINGTON, Texas – With next month’s CONCACAF Cup match looming large, Moises Muñoz is becoming increasingly optimistic about Mexico’s chances against the United States.
The Club America goalkeeper submitted a man-of-the-match performance in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Argentina. Although the Mexicans conceded twice late in letting a two-goal lead slip away, Muñoz was understandably pleased about his team’s overall ability to execute against the 2014 FIFA World Cup runner-up.
“I’m going to take away all the positive things we did,” the 35-year-old told CONCACAF.com. “We played really well for 80 minutes against one of the best teams in the world. We have to work on those positive things. We can correct our mistakes. Let the positive things be our base, so we can do better against the U.S.”
Under interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti, Mexico is building towards an October 10 showdown against the Americans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, with a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at stake. Some areas for improvement have already been identified.
“We are going to work on efficiency on offense,” remarked Muñoz. “We had a lot of opportunities. We only scored two goals, but it could have been four or five. We’ll work on defense and we’ll have a good chance of getting that ticket to the Confederations Cup.”
On a personal level, Muñoz expressed his hope of getting the starting nod for the U.S. encounter, but acknowledged that Mexico has a deep pool of goalkeepers from which to select.
“I feel good, confident and happy to have the opportunity to play against Argentina and definitely looking forward to the game against the U.S.,” he finished. “If I get the chance, that’d be great. We have lots of goalkeepers in Mexico who play well at this level. I would like to be there versus the U.S.
“I hope we can win, but I’m only thinking about doing my best with Club America and having a chance to play against the U.S.”