5 Young Mexico Players Poised to Break out in 2014/15
It's common to see more and more youngsters in the Liga MX. The passion and determination of these footballers have been key for some of the biggest clubs.
Pachuca is one of the teams that have proven that betting on young blood is one of the most profitable strategies; just take a look at the 2014 Clausura—they advanced all the way to the final showdown.
But Los Tuzos are not alone. Guadalajara, UNAM and Atlas have also been characterized for promoting and boosting talented players regardless of their age.
Here are five footballers who are poised to break out in the current season.
Carlos Fierro (Guadalajara)
Carlos Fierro has been one of the most recognizable youngsters in the past three years, mainly due to his performance in the 2011 U-17 World Cup.
The Guadalajara striker has fought hard to earn a spot on the team, especially after the arrival of Miguel Sabah, for the 2013 Clausura, and Aldo de Nigris six months later.
Fierro managed to adjust to a new position, as a winger, where he found the possibility to play more minutes.
The 2014 Apertura is his seventh tournament with Chivas. He has already appeared four times, including two in the starting position.
He is fast and accurate. According to Squawka, he has shot four times on target (80 percent accuracy) and has created two goal opportunities, through key passes from the flanks.
If he manages to build muscle and gain strength, he can very well make a difference on the pitch.
Martin Zuniga (America)
America lost their most lethal striker of the 2014 Apertura when Raul Jimenez signed with Atletico Madrid.
Now, Martin Zuniga will get a chance to prove he has what it takes to join the attacking zone, despite being just 21 years old.
He has appeared once in the 2014 Apertura, but he is no stranger to playing on a regular basis with fantastic results.
During the 2012 Apertura Copa MX Zuniga scored five times in five appearances, including a hat-trick against Correcaminos, per the Liga MX's website (Spanish).
He is a skillful forward and has a gifted right leg; he can shoot from outside the box or at close range easily.
In 2013 while playing for America's U20 side, he scored 15 goals, becoming the top scorer of the tournament, according to the team's site (Spanish).
Jose Abella (Santos Laguna)
Jose Abella has been playing for Santos Laguna since he was a kid, and he eventually was promoted to the first team.
He is a left-back who can join the attack easily due to his speed and accuracy with the right leg.
After five appearances in the 2014 Apertura he has shot once on target, has created five goal opportunities and has had 77 percent pass accuracy, per Squawka.
Abella has also been capped for the Mexico U-20 team. He played four times in the 2013 U-20 World Cup and became the joint top scorer of the 2013 Toulon Tournament with a total tally of three goals.
He is an undisputed starter with Los Guerreros, and if he keeps up the good work he will be under Miguel Herrera's radar for the upcoming World Cup process.
Rodolfo Pizarro (Pachuca)
Rodolfo Pizarro proved his worth last season when he helped Pachuca secure a place in the 2013 Clausura Liguilla.
He is a natural right-back who has enough speed and intelligence to run all the way to the goal line and unbalance the rivals' defense.
Pizarro knows how to work in tight spaces and break the lines thanks to his fine touch. Last season he had 89 percent pass accuracy, according to Squawka.
If he manages to improve in key areas, such as ball possession and take-ons, he can definitely be a thriving force not only for his club, but also for Mexico's national team.
As of now, Pizarro has earned coach Enrique Meza's trust. If he keeps playing he will bloom and become a first-class footballer.
Arturo Gonzalez (Atlas)
In 2011 Arturo Gonzalez played all seven matches of the U-17 World Cup and helped Mexico by scoring one goal on their way to securing the title.
Ponchito debuted with Atlas in February 2012, but it wasn't until the 2014 Clausura when he became a regular in the starting XI.
Gonzalez has played in the five matchdays of the 2014 Apertura, scored twice and created five goal opportunities, including one assist, as per Squawka.
His elusiveness, as well as his gifted left foot set him apart as one of the most promising Mexican footballers. He can play as a right-winger, his natural position, or just behind the striker.
All stats appear courtesy of ESPN FC, unless otherwise noted.