Argentina’s team announced with surprise. Argentina is going to play two matches this September as part of preparation for the World Cup in Qatar. The two opponents and the schedule are also final. It is reported that Messi-Di Maria will face Honduras on September 23 and Jamaica on September 27. Both matches will be played in the United States.
Argentinian media TYC Sports reported that coach Lionel Scaloni has announced the 32-member initial team for the two friendly matches on Sunday (September 4). As usual, Thiago Almada playing in the United States Major League (MLS) with the top players including Lionel Messi, Di Maria. Awaiting his debut for the national team, 21-year-old Almada has already played for the country in the Olympic Games.
It is believed that this young Turk can get a place in the World Cup squad. If he does well in the preparatory matches. In addition, Enzo Fernandez, who played a great game for Benfica, got a call-up to the team.
Argentina wanted to play against a CONCACAF team after their World Cup qualifier against Brazil was canceled in the CONMEBOL region. In that case, they were thinking about Mexico and Canada. But Argentina is in the same group with Mexico in Qatar World Cup. On the other hand, Canada will play against Japan and Uruguay during the September break. Soon after, rumors arose that Messi’s team could play two friendly matches against Honduras and Jamaica. In the end, that is true.
The international friendly match against Honduras on September 23 will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, USA. Honduras coach Diego Martín Vázquez expressed excitement about the match against Albiceleste, saying, ‘Argentina is one of the favorites of this year’s World Cup and Messi is one of the best players in the world. We want to enjoy this opportunity to play with them.
Argentina have another match against Jamaica a few days after they face Honduras. The match against Jamaica is on September 27 at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
Argentina last faced Honduras in 2016. In that match, Argentina won 1-0 with Higuain’s goal. Honduras have not won any of their last 14 matches. On the other hand, Jamaica finished in the sixth position with two wins in the World Cup qualifiers.
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Juan Musso, Funko Armani and Jeronimo Rulli.
Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martínez, Jermaine Pescia, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martínez, Nicolas Taliafico, Marcos Acuña, Facundo Medina, Nehuen Perez, Christian Romero.
Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Rodrigo de Paul, Giovanni Lo Celso, Alejandro Gomez, Alexis Mac Alistair, Enzo Fernandez, Angel Di Maria, Ezequiel Palacios.
Forwards: Angel Correa, Julián Alvarez, Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa, Paulo Dybala, Thiago Almada, Lionel Messi, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lucas Ocampos.