6 Mexico Youngsters Who Should Get a Shot with El Tri Before Brazil 2014

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2012

6 Mexico Youngsters Who Should Get a Shot with El Tri Before Brazil 2014

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    A new and brighter generation of Mexican footballers has given the country two FIFA under-17 World Cups and a gold medal in London 2012, so how come they haven't been called up for the senior squad?

    For those that play in foreign clubs, like Javier Hernández and Andrés Guardado, there is a guaranteed spot with El Tri, despite what they have done in Spain or England.

    Meanwhile, for the young footballers that are making their own name in the local tournament (Liga MX), the chances are slim.

    But there is always hope and these kids have handled pressure in style. Let's take a look at six promising players that should get a chance to play with El Tri before the 2014 World Cup.


Héctor Herrera

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    Héctor Herrera is a tough midfielder that knows how to control and keep the ball. He has a fine touch and is very fast.

    Before the 2012 Olympic Games, he played the Toulon Tournament where he was named Best Player.

    Herrera has made quite an impression for several reasons: He is young, yet makes wise decisions and knows how to take the heat.

    Héctor has been playing Pachuca since his debut in the local tournament back in 2011; after the 2012 London Games, Liverpool and Manchester United expressed their interest for the player.

Raúl Jiménez

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    He played as a substitute in at the 2012 London Games showing his class and speed. Before that event, Raúl Jiménez was linked to PSV Eindhoven, according to Mexican football website Medio Tiempo

    He is currently playing for Club América, where he has proven to be a game-changer; from the moment he appeared at the 2011 Apertura tournament, he proved to be a different footballer.

    This season, he has played seven out of 10 matches and has scored twice.

Hiram Mier

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    One of the most successful defenders in Mexican football is precisely Hiram Mier. He has had a lot of international experience so far.

    He played in the U-22 squad that disputed the 2011 Copa América, the 2011 Pan American Games team that won the gold medal and captained his U-23 teammates in the Toulon Tournament.

    Mier is a fierce centre-back that keeps the team calmed in the toughest moments, as he did in the past Olympic Games.

    Although he was tapped for El Tri's latest match against Costa Rica, he didn't play.

Alan Pulido

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    Alan Pulido was supposed to be at the 2012 Olympic Games, but he did not make the team after the Toulon Tournament.

    However, the Tigres UANL striker kept playing at great level and earned a spot in the squad; he’s in his sixth season with the Northern club.

    Pulido has appeared 58 times with Tigres and scored nine times.

    With the U-20 team, he won the CONCACAF Championship, the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier, where he was the top scorer along with Marco Fabián and the Toulon Tournament.

Cándido Ramírez

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    You probably remember this 19-year-old from the Toulon Tournament, and if you follow the Liga MX you have seen him wearing Santos Laguna jersey.

    Cándido Ramírez knows how to kick the ball, and that is why he won the Goal of the Tournament after Mexico lifted the trophy in France.

    With his club, Ramírez debuted in November 2011 and has scored two times in his last six appearances.

    Cándido is a powerful attacking midfielder who knows how to unbalance the defense, thanks to his ability to make runs from the sideline to the center of the box.

Diego Reyes

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    At age 19, Diego Reyes has already played in several renowned tournaments like the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games and then FIFA U-20 World Cup.

    He can play either as a centre-back or as a defensive midfielder. El Flaco has been one of the most reliable men of Miguel Herrera, his current coach at Club América, where he is an undisputed starter.

    Reyes is fast and skillful; his physical attributes have set him apart as one of the toughest defenders in the Liga MX. Last tournament he received the Rookie of the Season award.

    He has been linked to several European clubs, one of them being Manchester United.