The competition has already began, but tomorrow, Mexico’s U-20 kicks off their run to qualify for the 2013 U-20 World cup in Turkey. Mexico had a great showing at the 2011 U-20 World cup, claiming third after a big win over France. Jorge ‘Chaton’ Enriquez claimed the bronze ball as well. Mexico is the host country, and has been placed in Group D with El Salvador and Curaçao. It is no secret that Mexico is a heavy favorite, as many on the squad are U-17 champions…
Goalkeepers: Richard Sánchez, Manuel Lajud
Defenders: Hedgardo Marín, Antonio Briseño, Barnardo Hernandez, Jose Abella, Abel Fuentes
Midfielders: Francisco Flores, Armando Zamorano, Jonathan Esperícueta, Julio Gómez, Jesús Corona, Giovani Hernández, Jose Van Rankin, Carlos Treviño, Uvaldo Luna
Forwards: Marco Bueno, Carlos Fierro, Luis Madrígal
Players to watch: My three players to keep an eye on are Richard Sánchez, Jonathan Esperícueta, and Jesús Corona. I feel Richard is going to be a big asset to the team just as he was in the 2011 U-17 World cup. Jonathan Esperícueta has been a consistent player for Mexico during friendlies, and he seems to be evolving his game rapidly. Lastly, Corona has been a guy catching a lot of attention, especially after his great performance at the 2012 Club World cup with Monterrey.
Group matches: Mexico vs Curaçao (February 19), Mexico vs El Salvador (February 23).
*We will do another article after group stages are finished
It will be an exciting tournament as Mexico’s future will be on display. Qualifying for the World cup should be a no brainer with a solid team like Mexico. The fact is, Mexico is a team with previous youth World cup winners and the absence of Argentina and Brazil puts El Tri on center stage. A great performance will do wonders in terms of players getting Euro club interest.
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