2012 was a great year for Mexico. Many names emerged and showed that Mexico is slowly, but surely rising to where they need to be for 2014 and beyond. It has been quite a while since we have seen Mexico on the pitch, but we have about a month to go before the Denmark clash in the desert. After reflecting on 2012, let us go over what is to-do for 2013.
Utilize early friendlies to find break-out players, not ego
Everyone El Tri fan wants to see Mexico dominate, regardless of the degree of the game. However, the early friendlies in 2013 are crucial to get players experience, and to weed out any players who are just not performing. That doesn’t mean guys like Chicharito shouldn’t be called, but new into 2013, Mexico needs to get some players exposure. Not only does Mexico need to prep for Confederations, but for the Gold cup. Both with be pivotal if Mexico wants to get seeded in Brazil.
Time to say goodbye
We have had a lot of great times with some of the veterans that played in 2012, and we should thank them for their hard work over the years. However, Mexico is growing in talent, and 2014-18 will be arguably Mexico’ strongest rosters…if the younger players get their time in now. Marquez, Torrado, Sinha have had their time with El Tri, the best thing to do is step down and build for the future.
Continue shipping youngsters abroad
As I have mentioned in previous articles, the experience a Euro club can produce for Mexicans is tremendous. This is one of the most exciting times when hearing about all the scouts that want Mexicans on their roster. Just as long as owners don’t get in the way, many more of the Olympic players (and younger) could be making the jump. This will allow more growth, confidence, and exposure you cannot find in Liga MX, even though it is a growing league.
If these goals/guidelines are met, Mexico will be looking stronger than even right now. It will be an exciting time in the upcoming year. Mexico starts the year against Denmark on January 30th (Glendale, AZ).
Happy New Year and Vamos Mexico!