Now that Mexico National Team knows the rivals they will have in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, they will have seven months to prepare the best they can to compete against them, especially against Poland and Argentina, who will be the toughest games in Group C.
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Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that even if the results during the CONCACAF Qualifiers were favorable to them, they need to improve their performances and refine the work in every zone of the pitch, as they have lacked a good production in the last year.
That’s why Yon de Luisa and the Mexican Football Federation have arranged several friendly games from the end of April to August, where Gerardo Martino will have the chance to see different players to build the roster that will play in Qatar 2022.
Mexico will play five friendly games starting on April 27, when they face Nicaragua in the United States as part of the Mextour. But there’s one player that after learning that Martino will be at Qatar, has decided to step down from El Tri, as he knows that if he gets called up for these games, it will be to fill the roster and not because he has real options to play in the World Cup.
Who is the player that has decided to retire from El Tri?
When Gerardo Martino first arrived in the Mexican national team, he was one of the players that was usually part of the team that the Argentine coach called, but he slowly disappeared from his roster after he left Monterrey.
Hugo Gonzalez, who left Rayados for reasons out of sports, was erased from the Mexican national team once he joined FC Juárez, where he also lost the starting role after the poor performances that Bravos have had in Clausura 2022.
Even if Martino recently said that every Mexican player could potentially be part of the roster, their hypothetical call-up to El Tri will be related to the level showed on the pitch, which is why Gonzalez has decided to close the doors to the Aztec squad.
Hugo Gonzalez’s numbers with El Tri
The 31-year-old goalkeeper received his first call-up in 2017, for a friendly game against Iceland, although he had to see the game from the bench. His debut arrived a year later, on a friendly game against USMNT that El Tri lost 1-0. Gonzalez has played only five games for El Tri, having just one clean sheet, while receiving five goals.