The Mexican national team will face a challenging environment on Saturday when playing in Costa Rica.

Among them is the artificial pitch at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose. To help combat that, the national team sought out an artificial surface in the friendly confines of Mexico City.

The national team ran a practice at the Mexico City campus of Tecnologico de Monterrey, a facility that has an artificial surface. According to Mexican daily Mural, some 2,000 students and faculty watched the national team run through their practice session.

The stadium typically plays host to American football games played by the school, more commonly known as El Tec.

Four years ago, El Tri used the same artificial pitch to train on before heading down to Costa Rica to open the 2005 Hexagonal. Mexico beat Costa Rica then, 2-1.

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