Mexico had a rocky 2013…to say the least. Many problems came from the midfield and a lack of rhythm. Late in the year, a new face emerged in Carlos Peña. He made a few cameos in friendlies and the 2013 Gold Cup, but it was in the WCQ in which he started to catch some attention.
His biggest moments came in the playoff against New Zealand. He was a work horse and helped cause havoc for the ‘Kiw’s.’ Moreover, his consistency with Club León became the norm, and now he is a Liga MX champion.
As stated before, El Tri had been suffering in the midfield all throughout 2013. Seeing that Carlos has been proven in big matches, it is time that he becomes cemented in the midfield. He can hustle back on defense and has the speed to counter with the attack. Let’s not forget another major part of his game; age. Carlos will only be 24 by the time of the 2014 World Cup. No longer will El Tri need to look around for veteran midfielders who may have only a year or two left in their careers. Here we have a guy who has at the least two World Cup’s to participate in.
Carlos is now a champion in the Mexican league and is catching major scouting reports from European sides. Miguel Herrera has shown that he trusts Peña, which is a sign that he will be here to stay. Look for Carlos to finally breakthrough in 2014…Mexican fans around know there is no better time for a breakout year.