Blanco Ready for Trinidad & Tobago

Fire Midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco is all set to take the field tonight, as Mexico hosts CONCACAF cellar-dwellers Trinidad & Tobago in a crucial World Cup Qualifying match.

Mexico currently stands in 5th place out of 6 teams in qualifying and 'El Tri' will see tonight's match as absolutely vital to their qualification hopes.  Expect Blanco, who was subbed on at halftime for Mexico in last Saturday's match at El Salvador, to see significant playing time tonight in a match that should be very intense.  

Blanco will have a quick turnaround from tonight's match, as he will be looking to play a key role in the Fire's Saturday game against second place D.C. United.  Hopefully Blanco will come through tonight's qualifier unscathed and fresh for Saturday, as the Fire desperately need him in the attack after being shutout for two games in a row.

However, should the 36-year-old Blanco see significant playing time tonight, I'm not sure if he will be able to go the full 90 for the Fire on Saturday.  This is obviously something that the Fire will have to assess in the coming days, but I'm (selfishly) hoping Blanco doesn't see too much time tonight, so he can be ready for Saturday's Eastern Conference battle.

If you are interested in watching Mexico (and possibly Blanco) tonight, the match will be shown on Telemundo beginning at 8:30 p.m. CDT.

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  • I only watched the first 30 minutes of the match last night, and as it started I jokingly asked if Blanco is faster when he plays with the national team... and sure enough! There was a lot less diving in the beginning of the match as well.

  • For those of you wondering, Blanco played the full 90 minutes in Mexico's 2-1 victory over T & T last night.

  • temo played offence,,,,wasnt asked to play defence and run. i think he looked great. one touch passes, even seen him jump over a guy who fell, over a guy who fell...amazing.

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