Chicharito won a start this weekend with Real Madrid and played very well. He drew a penalty, had an assist and scored the second goal for Real Madrid. Ancelotti also claimed that it looks like Hernández will get more minutes against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Tecatito Corona continues to impress with FC Twente; He scored a golazo this weekend against Ajax in a 1-1 draw.
Andres Guardado received a standing ovation from fans at PSV, even singing his name in a version of “Cielito Lindo.”
Carlos Vela added an assist for Real Sociedad, but they fell 1-2 to Getafe.
Both dos Santo’s brothers played in Villareal’s 2-0 win against Almeria.
According to Rueben Rodríguez, the following Euro’s will receive a call for Mexico’s November friendlies against Netherlands and Belarus: Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos, Tecatito Corona, Chicharito, Raúl Jiménez, Guardado, Ochoa, Vela, Herrera, and Reyes.
Carlos Salcido decided to call it a career with El Tri. He will no longer be on the roster for September, but Ayala will take his spot.
Muñoz will replace injured Talavera on the September roster.
Javier Aquino has found a terrific rhythm with Rayo. He added two assists in their match today against Deportivo La Coruña. The final score was 2-2.
Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes both played in Porto’s victory over Lille. The win clinched a ticket to the Champions League.
Raúl Jiménez saw 30 minutes of second half action in Atlético’s victory over Eibar.
Carlos Vela and Real Sociedad shocked Real Madrid after overcoming a two goal deficit. Vela added the final goal for Real Sociedad.
In the biggest news of the weekend, Chicharito has finally seen his way out of Manchester United. Real Madrid and Manchester United agreed to a one-year loan for the Mexican striker. Interestingly, Chicharito’s final goal for United was against Real Madrid during a friendly last month in Michigan.
Miguel Herrera spoke recently about the future of the national team, claiming that there are no closed doors. Even mentioned Vela and Jona dos Santos by name, saying he would like to see them play in November with El Tri.
Raúl Jiménez made his transfer to Atlético Madrid and played 12 minutes against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Javier Aquino got off to a good start with Rayo Vallecano, scoring in his first apperance.
Hector Herrera continues to shine with FC Porto. He scored the winning goal in their Champions league playoff against Lille.
Giovani helped Villareal in their 3-0 over Astana on the road, scoring a cheeky chip. The game was a big win for Villareal in their UEFA Europa league playoff. (Goal at the 1:00 mark)
Piojo Herrera is just about done with his European trip. He will have his last stop in Portugal to visit Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes.
Piojo Herrera has confirmed that Guillermo Ochoa will be called for the Nigeria friendly in March.
Mexico is still in talks for some World Cup preparation games. Portugal is almost a done deal for a June match, and the United States is in negotiation for a non-FIFA date in April. Portugal has been rumored for a Massachusetts location, and the U.S. game in Arizona.
Many feel Chicharito wants out of Manchester United (again) after a recent Instagram picture/quote has stirred up some attention:
Ya llegará el tiempo de hablar sobre muchas cosas… The time to speak about so many things will come…
Tijuana, Cruz Azul, Toluca will seek to keep the Liga MX run in CONCACAF Champions League going in March. Knockout round begins on March 10th, here are the match-ups: Tijuana (3) vs LA Galaxy (6), Toluca (1) vs San Jose Earthquakes (8), Cruz Azul (2) vs Sporting Kansas City (7).
Mexico’s friendly against South Korea (January 29) is to record over 30,000 in attendance at the Alamodome.
Mexico’s Colombia friendly has been cancelled. Now, Nigeria will face Mexico in Atlanta on March 5th. Ecuador has also agreed on a match in May at the Cowboys stadium. Reports claim Colombia denied the friendly with Mexico and that other big name nations may have done the same.
Reports claim Piojo Herrera was impressed with Carlos Fierro of Chivas. Some believe Fierro will be a surprise call up for the South Korea match.
Nothing confirmed yet, but Mexico may face Portugal for their preparation toward Brazil 2014. New York/New Jersey has been the rumored location if the game is confirmed.
Víctor Manuel Vucetich was fired as Mexican manager over the weekend. After two games, Victor lead Mexico to a 1-1 record.
In place of Vucetich, Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera (of Club América) will step in temporarily. He does not have an official contract, and the FMF will evaluate whether to keep Herrera or not after the next three games (one friendly, two WC playoff).
Mexico’s U17 had a horrendous start to the 2013 U17 World Cup in UAE. They lost their first match to Nigeria, 1-6. The other game in the group, between Sweden and Iraq, ended in a 4-1 win for Sweden. The next games will be on October 22nd: Mexico vs Iraq, Nigeria vs Sweden.
Mexico’s next game will be against Finland at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego (October 30th). Here are Herrera’s call-ups:
Goalkeepers: Corona, Muñoz
Defenders: Rafael Márquez, Maza Rodríguez, Paul Aguilar, Adrián Aldrete, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Hiram Mier, Layún, Edwin Hernández, Miguel Ángel Herrera
Midfielders: Carlos Peña, Jesús Molina, Luis Montes, Juan Carlos Medina, Alonso Escoboza, Lucas Lobos, Luis ‘Quick’ Mendoza, Rodrigo Salinas
Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Aldo de Nigris, Oribe Peralta
Chicharito was able to reach 35 total goals for Mexico after his three in the Confederations cup run. He is now only 11 goals behind leader Jared Borgetti.
Mexico’s U-20 fell to Greece after a late goal for a final of 1-2. Mexico will need to recuperate quickly as they face Paraguay in a crucial match on June 25h. The game will start at 11:00 A.M. ET.
It appears Chepo will remain Mexico’s coach until the Autumn. Apparently there is a must win ultimatum against Honduras. If unsuccessful it will leave Mexico without a coach just days before playing the USA in Columbus.
The Dos Santos brothers have Euro clubs eyeing them. For Jonathan, Anderlecht in Belgium, and Fiorentina are two major names. As for Giovani, Valencia may be a possible destination out of second division Spain with Mallorca.
Mexico will be headed to the Gold cup in just two weeks. Their first match will be against Panama at the Rose Bowl (July 7). Be sure to check Pancho Villa’s Army to see if there is a watch-party near you!
Due to injury, Hugo Ayala and Fernando Arce will miss the Gold cup.
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