Los Angeles Soccer: Argentina
Mexico avoided Argentina and Brazil, but that doesn't mean El Tri received a favorable draw for next summer's Copa America.
The Mexicans, who join Japan as a guest team in South America's nations championship, were placed Thursday into Group C with Uruguay, Chile and Peru. Uruguay was the top Latin American team at the World Cup in South Africa, reaching the semifinals and finishing fourth behind Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan. Chile reached the round of 16.
Host Argentina is in Group A with Colombia, Japan and Bolivia. Brazil heads Group B, with Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela.
The tournament begins July 3.
Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre will make his debut as Mexico's national team coach Feb. 9 in Atlanta against Hungary, the country's soccer federation has announced. Two more games are tentative: March 26 against Paraguay and March 29 against Argentina.
De la Torre is seeing out the Apertura campaign with Toluca, which is seventh overall with a 5-3-6 record and three regular-season games to play. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs.