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El Tri Watch: Miguel Herrera Visits European-Based Mexican Footballers

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2015

Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera shouts instructions to his players during the international friendly soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Peter Dejong/Associated Press

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has started a tour in Europe to talk to some of El Tri's key players.

Back in 2014, El Piojo did the same before the World Cup started. Back then the biggest concern was Carlos Vela, as he hadn't worn "La Verde" in over three years.

This time there's not a drama like that; perhaps the only player who has been surrounded by gossip and uncertainties is Alan Pulido.

The former Tigres striker spent eight months out of the pitch due to a legal fight with the Mexican club. Ultimately, FIFA granted him permission to play in Greece, and he is now representing Levadiakos, per MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish).

Despite being one of the Mexicans in Europe that gets more playing time, Herrera won't make the trip to Greece, as confirmed by the coach himself, via his Twitter account. However, he doesn't discard Pulido.

Since he joined the Greek club, the striker has played 265 minutes, plus he has put the ball away once. In that period, he has spent more time on the pitch than Diego Reyes and Raul Jimenez, to name a couple.

In the meantime, Herrera has already been in Madrid, where he talked to Guillermo Ochoa before the Real Madrid vs. Malaga match.

El Piojo told Mexican media that this tour was meant to be the perfect opportunity to let the footballers know if they were going to be in the Gold Cup or the Copa America squad. 

Also, it gave him the chance to communicate his decision to the players' clubs, per Mexican newspaper Record.

Other European-based footballers who will receive a visit from the El Tri coach will most likely be Javier Hernandez, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos, Jesus Manuel Corona, Miguel Layun, Rafael Marquez, Jimenez, Reyes and Andres Guardado.

The latter secured the Erevidisie title this weekend when PSV defeated Heerenveen, 4-1. Guardado has been instrumental for the Dutch side since he joined on a one-year loan last summer.

Andrés Guardado @AGuardado18

Campeoneess!! No puedo sentirme más feliz! Muchas gracias a todos lo q me han apoyado y en especial a mi principita!! http://t.co/uM7MM5D3ad

The midfielder has had a better performance after the World Cup when coach Herrera gave him an opportunity to try himself with the team, although Carlos Pena seemed to have locked the starting position in the left midfield.

Regarding Marquez, he is still in Herrera's plans, but it's clear that he will only play in one tournament and will be able to pick which one, per Mexican newspaper La Aficion (in Spanish).

He was supposed to join Mexico for the Ecuador and Paraguay friendlies but suffered a knee injury that sidelined him.

After the USA vs. Mexico friendly, Herrera told several reporters gathered at the Mexico City airport that he had 95 percent of both lists ready, per MedioTiempo.com.

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