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Mexico reportedly to play Bolivia in S.F. friendly


Mexico has yet to confirm any of its five U.S.-based friendlies this year but its path to South Africa is filling out nevertheless.

Bolivia and Mexico will meet up on Feb. 24 in San Francisco, Bolivian federation president Carlos Alberto Chavez said in a radio interview.

Bolivia will be Mexico's fourth opponent that has been confirmed or strongly rumored by outside organizations. Mexico will likely play against New Zealand in Pasadena, Calif., in March, Chile in Estadio Azteca in May and the Netherlands in Austria in May as well. The Mexican Football Federation has not yet announced any friendlies, but is expected to do so in the near future.

Mexico played Bolivia in 2009. On March 11, Mexico ripped apart Bolivia 5-1 in what was ultimately a fruitless exercise. While Mexico beat Costa Rica in its second World Cup qualifying match, in late March, Mexico lost to Honduras subsequently and manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was sacked afterward.

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This time around, Mexico will use the Bolivia match as preparation for the World Cup. Since the game does not fall on international fixture date, El Tri will likely count on a roster filled with domestic players.