It is no secret that Mexicans have been scouted more than ever since the 2010 World cup. After the tournament we saw Barrera, Juarez, Ochoa, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez etc. find a spot in Europe. Although mixed fortunes have been the norms for the Mexicans abroad, the recent success in youth tournaments have scouts keeping eye on some players. Here are a few names fans are dying to see make the trip overseas…
1) Marco Fabian
The Chivas Guadalajara star really picked up attention in the summer of 2011. With helping Mexico (U-22) defeat Ecuador in a friendly, (a team Mexico regularly struggles with) Marco had fans excited for the Copa America. Unfortunately for Marco, disciplinary actions hindered what could have been a great cup for Mexico. He was able to make a quick comeback against Barcelona, helping Chivas defeat the Spanish powerhouse 4-1, scoring two. Ever since, Marco has been the top player fans want to see landed somewhere in Europe.
2) Alan Pulido
The U-20 CONCACF tournament is where Pulido got some attention from the fans, and he has since added a lot to his resume. Scoring in the FMF championship game against Santos Laguna, and scoring two goals in the Copa Libertadores, Alan has really built a lot of confidence. Of course, the past week or so Alan has made his case official. He has scored four goals in two games with the U-23 Olympic squad, and rumors of Manchester United scouting him seem to be justified. If Alan can add a few more to his name in the tournament (or Olympics), I can guarantee Alan will be Europe bound.
3) Javier Cortes
He had one of the best goals of the year in 2011, helping Pumas claim its 7th championship. He, as Fabian, also had a decent run in the warm-ups before Copa America (yet was dismissed with others). He has been a great addition with the U-23 squad, and I truly believe with some experience in Europe he can be great. Maybe a shot in Portugal, or France would be a good fit for Javier.
[Others to keep an eye on: Jorge Enriquez, Javier Aquino, Miguel Ponce, Nestor Calderon, Marco Bueno, Richard Sanchez, Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, Carlos Fierro]
Of course, many young players in Mexico right now have captured the attention of the European clubs. I believe the mentioned three players will be the ones to kick off the trend. I hope this happens sometime soon, because with two major cups coming up…Mexico surely could use the confidence a European experience can offer.