They'll play it because it's been scheduled and tickets have been sold but Wednesday's Mexico-China game in Seattle won't be played under the best of circumstances.
When the match was first scheduled, the match was likely intended to help Hugo Sanchez continue identifying and trying domestic players. Since it's not a FIFA date, European-based players likely were never going to participate in the game.
As it turned out, Sanchez is gone and the schedule is even more congested than previously thought. Chivas and America each have Libertadores matches so the bulk of their players were not called in. Worse, the players who were called in may or may not fit under the new coach's scheme.
The roster reflects the sorts of restrictions and circumstances this game saw. Interim coach Jesus "Chucho" Ramirez did what many coaches do and called on players he is familiar with. Ramirez selected eight players who were on his Under-20 World Cup team from last year and of those five were on the title-winning 2005 U-17 side. Also, five total players - including two from the U-20 side - received their first call to the national team.
There is some experience on the roster. Oswaldo Sanchez, Luis Perez and Zinha all have World Cup experience. But it pretty much ends there as those are the only three players who have more than 10 caps.
While this game will be played and while people will fork out between $20-50 to see Mexico, the match might ultimately be little more than an exercise in futility.
Here's the breakdown of players and their respective caps:
First call up: Christian Bermudez, Joel Gonzalez, Sergio Ponce, Alejandro Castro, Leobardo Lopez.
Rest: Pablo Barrera - 1, Omar Trujillo - 1, Gerardo Rodriguez - 1, Adrian Aldrete - 1, Jorge Hernandez - 2, Patricio Araujo - 2, Omar Esparza - 3, Cesar Villaluz - 4, Sergio Santana - 6, Jesus Corona - 7, Juan Carlos Cacho - 8, Fausto Pinto - 8, Zinha - 38, Luis Perez - 54, Oswaldo Sanchez - 86.