Analysis, grades for Mexico-Wales 

May, 28, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Without Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado on Sunday, Mexico's match against Wales was certainly less star-studded, but no less important.

Guardado and Hernandez are two of Mexico's most established and in-form players and probably have the least need to play in friendlies such as the one Sunday, a 2-0 win for El Tri. Fans who paid top price for tickets would surely be appeased by having stars on the field, but that's hardly reason to dictate tactics.

Unlike U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who is still trying to establish a first-team identity, the objective in these types of matches for Mexico's Jose Manuel de la Torre is to find playing time for inactive starters Giovani dos Santos and Pablo Barrera, but perhaps most importantly, it's also to find backup options for established players in case of injury or a complicated club situations.