Mexico National Team has seven months to solve the problems from which they suffered during the CONCACAF Qualifiers, as they prioritized the results over the performance of the team, something that setback the progress they’ve done since Russia 2018.
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During the first two years of Gerardo “Tata” Martino’sstint as El Tri’s coach, the Aztec squad lost only one game, something that had every Mexican follower dreaming of an historic participation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
But since the 3-2 defeat against USMNT in the final of the CONCACAF Nations League, the Mexican players lost the confidence and forgot the good performances they’ve had up until then, something that was noticeable in the Gold Cup and then in the Qualifiers.
The players that resented it the most where the strikers, as neither Raúl Jiménez, Rogelio Funes Mori nor Henry Martín have been able to score consistently ever since. That’s why El Tri followers have been asking for Javier “Chicharito” Hernández’s return to El Tri.
Martino has another striker in mind
Even if “Chicharito” Hernández is playing at a high level and has become a referent for LA Galaxy, Gerardo Martino already announced that he won’t consider Hernández for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, or at least until he leaves the direction of El Tri.
But that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t paid attention to MLS, as he already called Julian Araujo, David Ochoa and has set his eyes in a Mexican American forward that could be the answer for El Tri’s lack of goals: Brandon Vázquez.
Vázquez currently plays for Cincinnati FC, team he joined in 2019 after spending his formative years in Atlanta United. For the 2022 MLS Season, Váquez is on the race to win the Golden Boot, as he’s scored five goals in seven games and has one assistance.
Can he play for El Tri?
Vázquez was born in Tijuana, where he was part of Xolos academy teams up until the U-17 squad, when he joined Atlanta. He’s played for El Tri U-17 although most of his process has been with the US Soccer Youth National Team. The 23-year-old striker hasn’t debuted yet with the Stars and Stripes, which opens the door for Martino to convince him to play for Mexico.