Copa America appetizers. The guest who already knows the place
June 5, 2016
Mexico has been the guest of honor for Copa America, participating 10 times in the tournament and getting twice to the podium. Through the years, Mexico has sent the first team, an alternate team or even an Under 22 team, with some reinforcements.
This special edition for Copa America played in the USA will be special for Mexico because they feel at home. They will be backed by thousands of fans every game. The squad has 3 clear groups; the veterans who have many international games on their backs, young players who are starting to make a name for themselves in Europe and the ones still playing in Mexico but that have good potential.
Goalkeeping is one of Mexico's strengths with 3 excellent keepers, any of them can be the starter; another strong asset of El Tri is the speed and technique of its wingers, like Jesus Corona, Javier Aquino or Hirving Lozano. At center forward none other than Javier Hernandez, Chicharito, in the form of his life.
Clearly the weakness of Mexico is the lack of height of the defense that makes them vulnerable to free kicks and corner kicks.
Hector Moreno. CA Central defender with a very good passing game. Once Rafa Marquez retires he will be the leader of that defence.
Rafael Marquez. El Kaiser de Michoacan. One of Mexico's all-time greats. Classy defender, wonderful technique and vision. A long and successful career in Europe, especially with FC Barcelona.
Javier Hernandez. Chicharito, grandson and son of forwards. The star of the team. In the form of his life this season for Bayer Leverkusen he was just 3 goals shy of Jared Borgetti on the National Team all-time scoring chart.
Andres Guardado. Left footed player who can play in any position on the left side. Now being used as a central midfielder for his club PSV Eindhoven. Great shot. The key player on the squad. Is becoming the playmaker he never thought he could be.
THE YOUNG GUNS
Jesus Corona. Very skilled right side winger. The right side will be his for years to come. Fast and a good dribbler.
Javier Aquino. A star since his teens. Quick, skilled and a good passer. He and Corona are the wide playmakers of Mexico. Still has not moved to Europe.
Juan Carlos Osorio. Virtually unknown outside of Mexico. Is coming to his first international tournament after just a handful of games coaching the team. Mexico's head coaching position is always complicated. A high-pressure job.