Fans can watch the Mexico vs. Chile football game live online and see which team can advance through to the 2016 Copa America semifinal and a matchup with Colombia.
The teams will meet Saturday in Santa Clara, California, with kickoff scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.
El Tri could have a bit of an advantage coming into the match. Chile has gone on a cross-country run through the tournament, playing five matches in the last 17 days and traveling from San Diego to Massachusetts to Philadelphia and now back to Santa Clara.
But Chile’s Jose Pedro Fuenzalida told ESPNFC that his team feels great going into Saturday’s match against Mexico.
“Yes they have been very long trips, but we have been able to rest, we were able to recover,” said the 31-year-old. “And no doubt we must be at our best against Mexico.
“When you make a mistake, Mexico lets you know, you are punished immediately. We must be very focused in the game, and assume that they will try to cut our work in midfield. But we are better than them.”
Fans who watch the Mexico vs. Chile football match live online will see two teams moving in different directions. While defending Copa America champion Chile has struggled in recent months, Mexico has not lost a match since a 2-1 loss to Ecuador bounced them from last year’s Copa America.
The stretch included a 1-0 win over Chile in a friendly match as part of the warm-up for the Copa America.
Chile could face another major disadvantage. Though the 2016 Copa America is being held in the United States, it is Mexico that has turned it into something of a home-field advantage, the Washington Post noted. El Tri has attracted huge groups of fans to all of its matches, along with big ticket sales and television ratings to go with it. Mexico’s match against Jamaica on June 9 was the most watched sporting event in the United States that day, even beating out Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
“Every time they play it is a Super Bowl for our audience,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes. “Soccer is part of the DNA of Hispanic immigrants to the United States and national teams represent a lot more than a game. They represent home and many, many things.”
Mexico is even out-drawing the United States in terms of ticket demand. Tickets for Mexico’s quarterfinal were selling on the secondary market for an average of $489, which is about $300 more than tickets for the quarterfinal featuring the United States and Ecuador, which was played on Thursday.
And Saturday’s game is drawing particular interest, with Mexico on the doorstep of the semifinals and the defending champions standing in their way.
Pavel Pardo, the longtime El Tri standout, said the excitement is permeating across both Mexico and the United States.
“They are waiting for a big moment. What is the big moment? To get to the final and win the championship,” Pardo told the Washington Post. “The feeling around the team is great but you have to respect the rivals. Chile have great players. They are the Copa America defending champions. This is going to be a great, great game, a very intense and strategic game.”
Despite the advantages in a loud fan following and a big winning streak, Mexico actually comes into the match as an underdog against Chile.
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