Mexico National Team has seven months to find solutions to the problems that they presented during the CONCACAF Qualifiers, as they know if they play in the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the same level, they don’t stand a chance against Argentina and Poland.
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Gerardo “Tata” Martino has yet to find a way to connect the three parts of the pitch, as the midfield has been a major issue given that neither Héctor Herrera nor Andrés Guardado have found a way to link with the offense nor recovering the ball when they lose it during the creation.
But the problems for the Argentine coach don’t stop there, as there hasn’t been a striker that can score consistently in the past year. The closest has been Raúl Jiménez, who scored three goals during the CONCACAF Qualifiers, all of them from the penalty mark.
Henry Martín scored two goals, both against Jamaica although one in Estadio Azteca and the other in Kingston, and Rogelio Funes Mori only scoredone. That’s why Martino called Santiago Giménez on the last FIFA match window, but he didn’t give him any minutes.
He’s trying to convince Donovan’s successor to play for El Tri
Martino knows that it will be complicated to find a forward in Liga MX, as there are not many options given that most of the teams use foreigner forwards instead of Mexicans. Although he called Santiago Giménez and Eduardo “Mudo” Aguirre for the game against Guatemala to try them out, he knows he needs to keep his options open.
That’s why he’s started to look in MLS for another striker that can play for El Tri, taking advantage of the dual nationality that some of the players have. And according to reports from Diario Cancha, Martino and the Mexican Football Federation are interested in Brandon Vázquez, who has showed similar conditions to Landon Donovan.
Vázquez currently plays for Cincinnati FC, where he’s become the star in the 2022 MLS Season, as he’s scored five goals in seven games, including two braces. Vázquez is in the mix for the Golden Boot, having the same number of goals than Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and one more than Carlos Vela.
Can he play for Mexico National Team?
Vázquez played for El Tri U-17 when he was part of Xolos de Tijuana, but since he joined the MLS, he’s played for USYNT, from U-17 to U-23. He hasn’t debuted yet in an official match with the senior squad, which is why FMF is trying to convince him to play for El Tri.