As if the Jonathan Gonzalez Mexico debut wasn’t bad enough for U.S. fans, the California native completed his switch to El Tri on U.S. soil. Gonzalez came on as a 57th-minute substitute for Elias Hernandez and didn’t look out of place as Mexico played Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday evening at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Hector Moreno made a big move from PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie to AS Roma in Italy’s Serie A over the summer. The veteran of two World Cups with Mexico appeared to be preparing for the 2018 World Cup by moving to one of the top leagues for defenders in the world. However, after appearing just six times in the first half of the season, a Hector Moreno Real Sociedad move was completed on Wednesday on transfer deadline day.
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You’d think it would be obvious by now, but apparently not. FIFA still has to tell its member federations that accepting bribes in exchange for votes on 2026 World Cup hosting rights is wrong.
Major League Soccer and Liga MX are in talks to play a match every year between the champions of the two leagues, according to Steven Goff of the Washington Post. A Liga MX vs MLS championship would be just another chance for the Mexican league to flex its muscles at the expense of its northern neighbor.
When Cuauhtemoc Blanco announced his intention to run for mayor of Cuernavaca, Mexico, following his retirement from soccer, most people didn't quite believe him. Well, he ran, and he won, and now he's the mayor of Cuernavaca, a city of just more than 300,000 located just south of Mexico City.
Blanco, it seems, is not done climbing the political ladder. The former Club America and Chicago Fire star reportedly has his eyes on the governorship of Morelos, the state in which Cuernavaca is located.
After weeks of speculation linking Mexican international Miguel Layun with La Liga side Real Betis — where international compatriot Andres Guardado currently plays — derby rival Sevilla has announced the capture of the 29-year-old right back on loan with an option to buy in the summer, pending a medical scheduled for Tuesday.
There's something tragic about each of Mexico's six-straight World Cup Round of 16 eliminations — being unable to reach the quarterfinals has become a haunting nightmare for El Tri. However, it doesn't detract from the country's long and rich history of playing in the world's greatest competition.
In fact, Mexico is one of the national teams with the most World Cup appearances. El Tri have been present at 15 World Cups, only trailing Argentina (16), Italy and Germany (17), and Brazil (20).
Cubo Torres has officially ended his MLS odyssey and returned to Mexico. The Mexico international scored 36 goals in 97 appearances for Chivas USA ('member them?) and the Houston Dynamo. He's headed to Pumas, currently at the top of the Clausura table.