A game plan for El Tri against Jamaica 

February, 5, 2013

In its quest to obtain the first three points of the Hexagonal en route to Brazil 2014, Mexico has on paper a golden opportunity to get off on the right foot at home against a Jamaican team that hasn't made the World Cup finals since 1998. Even then, with the majority of Mexico's stars and in-form players on display, national team manager Chepo de la Torre would be wise to keep overconfidence at bay.

Mexico's game plan Wednesday will follow the standard blueprint de la Torre has been using for years at the club and national team level: Neutralize the opponent's strengths, and take advantage of any weaknesses, while maintaining order throughout.

Here are five things Mexico needs to accomplish in order to win its first World Cup qualifier.

Take advantage of early opportunities

The colossal nature of the Estadio Azteca makes it especially difficult for opponents to waltz onto the pitch and focus clearly on the task at hand. Even the strongest opponent will stumble when faced with the 100,000-plus screaming fans, the thin, contaminated air and a motivated home team looking to take advantage.

Eric Gomez