Here's my latest effort for SI.com.
I was originally going to bring out the Tri-tanic moniker that was tagged on them during the lead-up to the 98 World Cup but decided against it. That team ultimately turned around their fortunes and performed admirably in France. This team, who knows? There are so many doubts surrounding Mexico it's uncertain just how El Tri will come out during qualifying.
With all the injuries and suspensions and given their current form as well history against the U.S. in the U.S., suffice it to say that this will be their most difficult game of the year.