Mexico National Team has yet to find a good structure from the midfield up now that they know the national teams that they will face in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that they can’t compete with the players he called for the past FIFA match window.
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The level that Héctor Herrera showed during the entire CONCACAF Qualifiers might be enough to earn him a spot for the games against the teams of the confederation, but there’s no doubt that he is below the expected level for a World Cup player.
Andrés Guardado wasn’t part of the Mexican national team on the last FIFA match window as he was dealing with an injury, but the performances he has with El Tri are far from what he’s used to give for Real Betis.
Although Edson Álvarez has established as the best player in El Tri and Érick Gutiérrez has proved to be able to fill the spot of Guardado, there’s still another spot on the midfield that can be used either by Marcelo Flores, or even a player that hasn’t yet been considered by Martino but would play for El Tri if he receives his call-up.
Who is the player that could play for El Tri?
For now, he’s been part of the academy teams of the United States and even debuted with USMNT on a friendly match against Panama in 2020, where he played 22 minutes and assisted on two occasions on the 6-2 victory over the Panamanians.
But since then, Gregg Berhalterhas erased Richard Ledezma from any call-ups, and even if he’s proved to be one of the best players for Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven academy teams, he hasn’t had the same opportunities than other American youngsters.
Ledezma knows that he can still be part of a national team other than the American, as he holds dual citizenship, but if that was to happen, Gerardo Martino would have to call him soon, as the only thing that “Richie” is expecting is having enough playing time.
Can he play for El Tri?
So far, Ledezma still has the chance of changing national teams, given that his family is Mexican, and he has played just one friendly match for the Stars and Stripes, as FIFA allows a player to represent a different country as long as he hasn’tdebuted in an official match or has played in three friendly games.