Nickname: El Tri

Head Coach: Jose Manuel “Chepo” de La Torre (2010)

Gold Cup appearances: 1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011

Best finish: Champion 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009

El Tri enters the 2011 edition as the defending champion, and will bring a roster considered to be one of its best in recent years. Mexico had not won the Gold Cup title since 2003 until it routed a revamped United States squad 5-0 in the 2009 final. Mexico outscored its opponents 15-2 two years ago despite squeezing past Costa Rica on penalties in the semifinals. This time Mexico comes in under a new head coach in Jose Manuel de la Torre, who replaced Javier Aguirre. This is Mexico squad with one of the world’s fastest rising stars in striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, identified by some as the spark Mexico needs to get past the second round of the World Cup.

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