What El Tri needs to do to advance 

July, 31, 2012

There might be plenty to nitpick regarding El Tri's showing so far in the Olympic Games, but first things first: Heading into Wednesday's final group match against Switzerland, Mexico sits atop a complicated group with the odds to move on to a depleted knockout round squarely in its favor.

So if you're inclined to look on the dim side of uninspiring results against South Korea and Gabon, reconsider. It could be much worse. Ask Spain.

Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.