Over the past decade, the long-time stigma against playing in Europe has begun to lift for many of Mexico's most talented players (due in part, no doubt, to increasing anxiety over the growing competitiveness of their northern neighbors).
With that in mind, a relatively inexpensive transfer for Club America's Guillermo Ochoa, who has shown openness to an EPL move, might be a good move.
Here's a link to a bombastically titled video, Guillermo Ochoa, World's Best Goalkeeper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHolIsV0ZGg&feature=player_embedded#.
Nice music selection...I challenge all readers to watch it without dipping their shoulders and swinging their hips as much as their chairs allow. Really, though, this reel highlights some of the "how-on-earth-did-he-do-that?" ability that has often made up for some startling defensive dunderheadedness by las Águilas.
Memo Ochoa, I think, has the quality to play at a very high level. He is perhaps slightly smaller than ideal height (just a hair over 6 ft.), but makes up for it with remarkable speed and agility.
Despite having played for so long in an inferior domestic league, Ochoa is talented, experienced and mature. Since becoming a professional at the age of 18, he has appeared almost 200 times for Club America and over thirty times for El Tri.
The World Cup will be his opportunity to showcase his abilities on the world stage–especially with a favorable Mexican draw in the group stage–and with his current contract at America expiring after the 2010/11 season, this summer may be the time to let his intentions be known.
Could Ashburton Grove be his destination?