Why Mexico won't win an Olympic medal 

July, 17, 2012

Behind closed doors Sunday in Marbella, Spain, Mexico defeated Great Britain 1-0 in the first of three Olympic preparation friendlies. The bizarre structure of the friendly -- playing three 30-minute periods -- and the numerous substitutions for both sides make it difficult to assess Mexico's performance.

"Clearly, I think we've been getting better," Mexico manager Luis Fernando Tena said. "Our movements seem to be getting much more coordinated with one another. Some things went better than others, but otherwise, it was a good result against a strong rival."

Though it was a meaningless friendly with bizarre rules, the result certainly does nothing to dissuade Mexican fans that the team can medal in London. Mexico will enter the Olympics optimistically, believing it can make history.

As part of our Olympics coverage, we'll first look at why Mexico will disappoint and not bring back a medal. On Thursday, we'll have the reverse -- why it will make history and medal.

Here are five reasons why Mexico won't medal at the Olympics:

High expectations

Never a team to thrive under immense pressure, Mexico has put tremendous expectations on its Olympic team. Huge success at the Olympic qualifying tournament and in the Toulon Tournament in France heightened those expectations. Not only have the players said they believe they can medal, but the FMF also has made it a mission to bring back hardware.

While some may say that Mexico has recently thrived in international competition, that is only mostly true of the senior national team and the under-20 and under-17 teams.