Javier Hernandez, Raul Jimenez, Oribe Peralta and the rest of the Mexican national team will play the remainder of their pre-World Cup friendlies in the USA. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)
The Mexican national team's road to Brazil will go entirely through the United States, and it includes a number of high-powered opponents.
After playing the U.S. men's national team in a rivalry friendly on April 2, Mexico will take on Ecuador at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on May 31. El Tri then heads north to Chicago on June 3 to face Bosnia-Herzegovina for the second consecutive spring at Soldier Field before winding up in Foxborough, Mass., to play USA group opponent Portgual (and FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo) at Gillette Stadium on June 6 in the final act before departing for Brazil.
Mexico is ranked 21st in the world according to most recent FIFA rankings that were released on Thursday. Ecuador, meanwhile, is 24th, Bosnia-Herzegovina is 17th and Portugal is fourth.
For El Tri, the entirety of its 2014 slate leading up to the World Cup will have been played in the United States. Mexico topped South Korea in San Antonio on Jan. 29 and will play Nigeria in Atlanta on March 5, the last FIFA international date before pre-World Cup camp. The match against the USA will take place in Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium. All six of its pre-World Cup opponents will also be competing in Brazil.
Mexico also had its secondary uniforms for the World Cup unveiled by adidas on Friday, with Miguel Herrera's side set to don a red-and-black kit that strays from the secondary all-black look that Mexico had been wearing.