El Tri Watch: 5 Goalkeepers That Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera Should Try
Guillermo Ochoa and Alfredo Talavera seem to have locked a spot with one of the sides that Mexico coach Miguel Herrera will put together for this year’s Gold Cup and Copa America.
Both goalkeepers went to the 2014 World Cup, and although Ochoa has been El Piojo's first choice ever since, Talavera has gotten several opportunities in the international friendlies.
So now Herrera needs to make up his mind regarding the substitute goalkeepers. The Liga MX provides good options, ranging from young footballers to veteran players.
In any case, they all have proved to be ready to tackle the challenge. Let's take a look.
William Yarbrough (Leon)
The Leon goalkeeper may be young, but he certainly has proved to be among the best Mexicans of the local league.
William Yarbrough has made 34 saves in nine matchdays and has allowed 11 goals. He also has one clean sheet.
Leon are going through structural changes, as Gustavo Matosas left the team after five seasons and two titles.
Despite it all, Yarbrough keeps playing at his best, and it should be just a matter of time before he receives his first call to play with El Tri.
Cirilo Saucedo (Tijuana)
Tijuana are currently atop the 2015 Clausura general table, and Cirilo Saucedo has been instrumental in achieving the goal.
Saucedo is one of the most experienced goalkeepers in the Liga MX. The Xolos footballer has been around since 2004, when he made his debut with Dorados.
This season he has three clean sheets, 36 saves and 10 goals against.
He received his first call for the Mexico national team in 2013, just after Tijuana secured their first Liga MX title. However, he hasn't played for El Tri again.
Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)
Jesus Corona is one of the most experienced Mexican footballers; however, Miguel Herrera hasn't considered him since the 2014 World Cup.
The Cruz Azul goalkeeper said El Piojo made a mistake when he shared some of the talks held last summer in the locker room in Brazil, as per MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish).
Ever since then, Corona hasn't worn La Verde.
Taking into consideration that Herrera is hoping to qualify for the final match of the Copa America and win the Gold cup, he should cap a goalkeeper with Corona’s credentials, including the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Edgar Hernandez (Veracruz)
Edgar Hernandez started his professional career with Pachuca; however, he only played seven times in a three-year span.
He left for Toluca, but he didn't have luck either. He finally secured the starting position with Leon but only played nine matchdays.
It has been with Veracruz where the 32-year-old has finally gotten a break. He is playing his fourth tournament with Tiburones Rojos and is currently the best goalkeeper of the 2015 Clausura.
He has allowed four goals and has made 29 saves. Furthermore, Hernandez has had four clean sheets.
Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)
Jonathan Orozco is playing his 21st season with Monterrey, and he continues to be one of the best in the league.
In the 2015 Clausura, he has played 585 minutes and has allowed 11 goals; in all fairness, Rayados' defense has been very shaky so far.
Orozco has made 14 saves, out of the 25 shots on target Monterrey has received.
He is no stranger to the national team, as he has appeared six times with El Tri, his latest in 2013.
Orozco's experience would be key in the back line, especially of Miguel Herrera picks young defenders.
All stats appear courtesy of Fox Sports.