Hoosiers take on Mexico’s U-20 team Sunday
Two teams with recent championships under their belt will do battle in Bloomington, Indiana on Sunday as College Cup holders the Indiana Hoosiers and the CONCACAF U-20 champions from Mexico face off in what promises to be the marquee match-up of the spring college season.
The match will be the seventh contested between the two teams, but marks the first time both will enter as recently crowned title winners. The Hoosiers won the national championship in December, beating Georgetown 1-0 in the College Cup final, and Mexico’s U-20 National Team put the finishing touches on their CONCACAF championship with a final victory over the U.S. Under-20s in March.
The Hoosiers are 2-4 all-time against El Tricolor, dating back to their first meeting in 2005 when they were coming off the seventh of their eight national titles.
While the game is a friendly with less of the heat you’d see in a senior U.S. and Mexico match, Mexico’s squad will feature seven of the starters (Francisco Flores, Hedgardo Marin, Antonio Briseño, Armando Zamorano, Marco Bueno, Uvaldo Luna and Richard Sanchez) from their CONCACAF championship team and six (Sanchez, Briseño, Bueno, Flores, Jorge Espericueta and Carlos Guzman) that hold winners medals from the 2011 U-17 World Cup.
Indiana last beat the Mexico U-20s in 2010 behind goals from Will Bruin and Tyler McCarroll. Mexico won 2-1 last year and in meetings in 2005, 2007 and 2008. The Hoosiers’ only other victory came in 2006. The games have drawn an attendance ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 fans to Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, where kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday.