Mexicos November friendlies will provide a litmus test for Guillermo Ochoa and Mexicos goalkeepers

Herculez Gomez examines the state of the Mexican nationwide crew, which is experimenting with a new era whereas additionally looking for a head coach.

Scanning the Mexican nationwide crew, it is simple to spot the much-needed generational change that’s starting to happen. Whereas a few older and extra skilled names are regularly dropping their relevance, intriguing new choices corresponding to Roberto Alvarado, Diego Lainez, Victor Guzman, Erick Gutierrez and a handful of others have began to make an affect.

Following one other disappointing World Cup exit within the spherical of 16, adjustments like these are crucial to make enhancements. Though Mexico will nonetheless have to depend on a number of veterans that had been included within the newest 2018 Russia roster, a variety of positions will proceed to require some essential alterations. For instance, a new crop of strikers, defensive midfielders and central defenders would vastly assist the depth of Mexico’s squad within the close to future.

However what concerning the goalkeeping place?

In recent times, there have been no doubts that Guillermo Ochoa is Mexico’s most suitable option in internet. Due to his European expertise at membership stage, and his noteworthy World Cup appearances for the nationwide crew in 2014 and 2018, Ochoa simply stands out amongst his friends. In actual fact, when Qatar 2022 rolls round, it would not be a big shock to see the 33-year-old stay the strongest goalkeeping candidate for El Tri.

And but, regardless of his significance for Mexico, the Normal Liege star may benefit from a robust efficiency to assist solidify his unquestioned beginning spot. With loads of younger gamers now being given alternatives in current friendlies — three of which had been goalkeepers beneath the age of 30 — Ochoa needs to be motivated to spotlight his capabilities in both of November’s friendlies in opposition to Argentina on the 16th and 20th.

With two video games set in opposition to the South American giants in Cordoba and Mendoza, Ochoa will possible be given not less than one begin for Mexico this month. In an intimidating environment outdoors of the comforts of the CONCACAF area, the goalkeeper will have a high-profile alternative to not solely showcase his expertise and world-class reflexes, but in addition his management because the participant with essentially the most worldwide caps (96) from El Tri’s newest call-up checklist.

In fact, when discussing goalkeepers this month, the main focus needs to be on extra than simply Ochoa.

Guillermo Ochoa stays Mexico’s No. 1 however will he maintain that spot as soon as Mexico hires a new supervisor?

A few adept backups will even be within the working for minutes through the worldwide break: Cruz Azul’s Jesus Corona and Necaxa’s Hugo Gonzalez. On paper, they characterize the 2 greatest options for Mexico in internet. Whereas the 37-year-old Corona is having a sensible Liga MX revival, the 28-year-old Gonzalez has been one of many extra dependable goalkeepers within the league. As for Gonzalez, it additionally have to be famous that he seems to be on the rise for Mexico during the last couple of months.

Though the nationwide crew has but to discover a successor to Juan Carlos Osorio, interim supervisor Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti has achieved loads to assist increase the attention of Gonzalez’s potential with begins through the friendlies on Sept. 11 vs. america and Oct. 16 vs. Chile. Trying again on the recreation in opposition to Chile, the goalkeeper shined with spectacular saves that held La Roja to only one objective within the 1-Zero Mexico defeat. Have been it not for Gonzalez, Mexico may have simply stumbled to a harsher scoreline in opposition to the Chileans.

Let’s not overlook Corona both. As soon as seen as an ageing and weathered choice that was previous his prime, the long-time Cruz Azul participant has just lately gone via a renaissance late in his profession. Now as a chief in arguably one of the best crew in Mexico’s first division, it is tough to ignore the perennial nationwide crew backup. The truth that Corona has extra clear sheets than another Liga MX goalkeeper this season highlights that time.

Now, as we head into the worldwide break and El Tri prepares for the 2 alluring friendlies, one large query stays: Who will play in internet?

Whether or not it’s via a begin or a second-half look, the friendlies in opposition to Argentina ought to do loads to assist clear up some discussions that encompass Mexico’s present goalkeeping choice. No matter the truth that it has confirmed to be rash to make judgements from a lengthy checklist of Mexico friendlies up to now, the 2 matches this month will undeniably be a litmus test for Ochoa, Corona and Gonzalez.



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