Mexico played to a scoreless draw with Ecuador in a FIFA World Cup™ tune-up for the Aztecas on Friday, the first pro sports event at the New Meadowlands Stadium. A festive atmosphere at the brand new venue, which will be home to the NFL's New York Giants and Jets, didn't translate onto the pitch, where the play was sloppy.
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre made do without many of his regulars, including attackers Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela. Their best scoring chance was in the 51st minute, when Ecuador goalkeeper Marcelo Elizaga deflected a blast from Jorge Torres.
Mexico have two more friendlies in the United States as they prepare for next month's FIFA World Cup™ finals in South Africa. They play Senegal in Chicago on Monday and take on Angola on Thursday in Houston, Texas.
Mexico open the FIFA World Cup™ against hosts South Africa on 11 June. Not only will the crowd be less friendly, the opposition can also be expected to be stronger, as Ecuador, Senegal and Angola all failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup™. Mexico's first-round group also includes France and Uruguay.