TOLUCA, Mexico.- Group B of Concacaf Nations League A concludes on Tuesday with Mexico hosting Bermuda at Toluca’s Estadio Nemesio Diez.
Mexico has locked up the top spot in the group with wins in all three of its matches so far, including a 5-1 triumph over Bermuda last month. Bermuda could book its place in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup with a draw against El Tri.
That won’t be easy against the reigning Gold Cup champion and group winner, but Mexico plans to use the contest to give some fresh faces a look.
Left back Cristian Calderon and forward Jose Juan Macias may be included in the starting lineup as manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino continues to blend the next generation with the current one.
Bermuda coach Kyle Lightbourne already has a young group and will need everyone to pull in the same direction to get a win on Mexican soil.
Zeiko Lewis and Osagi Bascome scored in a tune-up friendly against MLS side D.C. United in which Bermuda fell, 4-2, but saw the debut of Eusebio Blankendal and took other positives ahead of the encounter.
If Bermuda can’t get a result, its path to the Gold Cup becomes more complicated, with a playoff in June potentially needed to return to the tournament.