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Future Mexican Soccer Stars

Future Mexican Soccer Stars

Future Mexican Soccer Stars

Thirty countries will compete in the 36th World Cup, but only one can be the world's greatest. Who will win the World Cup? Will it really be Mexico vs Germany on July 14th?

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Across the field, Pepi will see another potential path—the side he could’ve chosen. Compatriots in similar positions did go that way. LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo and midfielder Efraín Álvarez, along with Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa, are all native Californians who recently chose to represent Mexico. But none of them will be in Cincinnati. When Pepi considered both teams, he would have seen a U.S. program that’s undergoing a generational change and which is one of the youngest in the world. This month’s roster averages under 24 years of age. While Mexico can deploy seasoned strikers like Wolverhampton Wanderers star Raúl Jiménez and Monterrey’s Rogelio Funes Mori—each 30—there was room on Berhalter’s team for someone to make an impression. Pepi seized his opportunity.

A goal and/or a good performance against Mexico will represent a decent step down that road. Berhalter has coached against El Tri four times now and despite winning twice (in this summer’s Gold Cup and Nations League deciders), he’s yet to get a goal from his striker. In fact, no U.S. striker has found the net against Mexico since the last time the pair contested a qualifier north of the border. That was Bobby Wood in November 2016, or seven meetings ago. The Americans need more from that position, especially if set pieces are going to continue playing a role in deciding games between the two. Now they’re turning to a player with considerable potential, who may add a compelling competitive and cultural wrinkle to an old rivalry. (Source: www.si.com)

 

 

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