The Rise of Mexico Soccer
The Rise of Mexico Soccer
2011 U-17 World Cup and Gold Cup Champions
Ever since 2011, Mexico’s soccer squad has been on the rise. They took home the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup against Uruguay, 2-0. The tournament was hosted by Mexico and the final was located at their home stadium, Estadio Azteca. Mexico was solid from front to back and filled with bright young talent. Led by crafty strikers, Carlos Fierro and Marco Bueno, they dominated from start to finish. There was nearly 100,000 fans at this game, which broke the record for a junior competition. Mexico’s Julio Gomez won the the Golden Boot, followed by his teammate Jorge Espericueta taking home the silver.
Mexico followed that up with a 2011 Gold Cup Title. They defeated USMNT 4-2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. With a crowd of 93,000, Mexico over came a 2-0 deficit to take home the title. This is where the attacking ability of Mexico became a threat. With Javier Hernandez, Giovanni dos Santos and Andres Guardado, who are all Mexico’s big threat today, the beginning of big things to come from Mexico soccer had begun. This was Mexico’s sixth Gold Cup Title.
Mexico faced off against Brazil in the Gold Medal game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, hosted by London. Mexico was a huge underdog, but was able to prevail and win their first ever Olympic Gold Medal. The 2-1 victory over Brazil is known by many Mexican fans as the biggest win ever for the national team. This put Mexico on the map as a team to look out for and continued to put them on the rise. The future for the Mexican national team continues to get better.
2014 FIFA World Cup
Mexico soccer has been nothing less than brilliant the past 12 months. It all started back in the summer of 2014 during the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Mexico was able to advance out of their bracket and into the quarter finals. They matched up against a powerful Dutch squad, led by star strikers, Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie. Mexico had this game won until Wesley Scheijder sniped one low in the far corner which drew the score at 1. In the final minutes off play, Arjen Robben took a dive in the box and drew a PK, which the Dutch capitalized on. Mexico was devastated by this loss, but never quit and continued to get better.
On to the Next One
2015 CONCACAF GOLD CUP
Mexico entered the Gold Cup with one thought in their mind, getting the cup back that they had in 2011 and lost it to the USA 2-1 in 2013. Coming into the tournament they were a heavy favorite along with the U.S. Mexico was able to advance to the final, with shaky group play and a few favorable calls. They faced off against Jamaica at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday July 26, 2015. With the largest crowd ever for a soccer event at Lincoln Financial Field (68,930), the Mexicans showed up to play. ScarecrowGrin was reporting live in a stadium packed with 95% Mexicans. The stadium was electric and Mexcio gave them something to cheer about. Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-1 and completely dominated the game. Mexico led by leader Guadardo, who was awarded the golden ball, was nothing less than phenomenal. Mexico saw the rise of youngster, Jesus Corona (22), who was named top young player of the tournament. Corona was spectacular all game and gave Mexico something to look forward to moving ahead. Mexico now has seven Gold Cup Titles.
The 27 year old midfielder has a few solid years left in the tank and will look to continue his leadership in the 2018 World Cup. Guadardo is the leader on this team offensively and showed that during the Gold Cup. He provided the spark offensively all tournament long. He won the Golden Ball and was named man of the match in the final. Guadardo, the captain of Mexico, stood out on the pitch all tournament as he continued to shine under pressure. He will be a roll model for youngster Corona.
The future looks bright for Mexico with Jesus Corona, also known as El Tacatito. The 22 year old midfielder was nothing less than spectacular in the Gold Cup Final, with an assist and the game winning goal. What a way to score your first competitive international goal. He was a constant threat for the Jamaican defense and has plenty to look forward to in his career. He was awarded top young player of the tournament.
Giovani Dos Santos
The 26 year old attacking midfielder is another spark for Mexico offensively. His skill, speed and awareness off the ball is top notch. Dos Santos is a problem for defenders and with the other players he is surrounded with, this is a serious Mexican attack. Dos Santos has plenty of years left in the tank and will continue to be a leader with Guadardo offensively. His ability to work off the 1, 2 ball and his smart decision making is phenomenal. This Mexican offense has a bright future ahead of them.
Defensively, Mexico is lead by Javier Rodriguez, who is solid in the back. Rodriguez controls the back and is very smart with the ball at his feet. Rodriguez, being 33 years old, doesn’t have many years in the tank. Rodriguez controlled the back all 2015 Gold Cup and his surrounding mates will learn from his soccer IQ. It’s tough to say whether he has another World Cup run in him, but if not he will provide the youth with the basic skills needed to shine.
Ochoa, who is 30 years old, continues to be a stud in between the pipes. Ochoa, who is extremely tough to beat in net, gives Mexico a chance to win every game. Whether it be a routine save or an acrobatic dive, Ochoa holds his ground with the best of them in goal. The net minder played spectacular in the 2014 World Cup and has carried that play ever since.
Mexico has a bright, bright future with other stars such as Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela, Jonathan Dos Santos, Reyes, Aguilar and Layun. This team is on the rise and will be a strong contender for the 2018 World Cup. They will be looking for a new coach after they dumped Miguel Herrara two days after the 2015 Gold Cup Championship win. Herrara was involved in some off field trouble with a journalist at the Philadelphia Airport. This will be the only problem Mexico faces going forward.