Now that Mexico National Team is preparing to face the Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where they will play against Poland, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia, one of the things that will need to be improved is the attack.
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During the CONCACAF Qualifiers, even if the Aztec squad was able to earn positive results, they couldn’t impose their playing style and even less to find the net consistently, something that both USMNT and Canada MNT did.
El Tri’s top scorer was Raúl Jiménez who finished the qualifying stage with three goals, all of them via penalty, ten goals less than Canada international Cyle Larin, who was the top scorer in CONCACAF. Henry Martín scored two goals and Rogelio Funes Mori only found the net on one occasion.
Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that the Mexican national team needs to find a good striker if they want to have chances of making it into the elimination stage of Qatar 2022, although he refuses to call Carlos Vela, one of the Mexicans with the best active scoring streak.
Vela won’t return to El Tri
The last time that Carlos Vela wore El Tri colors was in the round of 16 of Russia 2018, when Brazil beat 2-0 the Aztec squad and eliminated them from the international tournament. Since Gerardo Martino became Mexico’s coach, Vela has never been called.
Vela himself said a few months ago that he already decided to retire from El Tri, as he knows it’s time for the younger generations to achieve what he couldn’t do on his time with the Mexican national team, suggesting that a generational change is needed.
One of the players that could take his place in the future is Alex Alcalá, who currently plays for LA Galaxy II, the Galaxy reserves team, although even at 16 he already has a pre agreement to join Manchester City when he turns 18, as the Citizens were impressed with his talent.
Can he play for Mexico?
Alcalá has the opportunity of playing for both the Stars and Stripes and El Tri, as he was born in California on a Mexican household. So far, the 16-year-old midfielder has been inclined to wear Mexico’s colors, as he’s been part of the U-15 and U-17 squads.