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Mexico’s Top 20 and Under Prospects

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JANUARY 21: Christian Jimenez of Cruz Azul fight for the ball with Cesar Montes of Monterrey during a match between Cruz Azul and Monterrey as part of the Clausura 2017 Liga MX at Azul Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Mexico’s Top 20 and Under Prospects

With its first major surfacing of youth talent and development in 2005 after winning the U-17 World Cup, Mexico has taken great pride in its academies and grooming of up and coming players. Although not all go on to have illustrious careers in the past, there are five current prospects that every Mexico fan should keep and eye on.

Take a look at who they are…

5. Paolo Medina (Right-Back, Real Madrid U-18)


Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, Paolo Medina is currently in Madrid, Spain captaining the Real Madrid U-18’s. At only 17 years old, Paolo has made a big enough impact for his club to be nominated for the 2017 Golden Boy award in Europe.

Although Paolo has both Mexican and Spanish citizenship, he has featured for the Mexican U-16 teams in the past. Of course, that doesn’t mean he is tied to Mexico, but there is enough interest to believe Paolo will be a member of the Mexican national team for some time to come.

4. Diego Lainez (Winger/Attacking Midfielder, Club América)


We have mentioned this youngster before, but there’s a reason he is gaining attention. The 16-year-old starter at Club América has been seeing plenty of playing time in one of the biggest clubs in the country. His game is not perfect by any means, but he’s taking advantage of his playing opportunity and isn’t looking back.

And what’s in store for Diego this summer? There are three possibilities in either the U-17 World Cup, U-20 World Cup, or even the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. None have been decided, but he will have eyes on him wherever he goes.

3. Adrián Goransch (Midfielder, Wolfsburg U-19)

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The versatile midfielder has made a name for himself in Germany. Landing a spot in the starting XI for Wolfsburg U-19, Adrián and his Wolfsburg team have recently won the Northern U-19 Bundesliga championship, in which he featured in the final.

The midfielder has yet to be called by a Mexican youth team, however, there is room to believe he may very well be called for the upcoming U-20 World Cup this summer.

2. Edson Álvarez (Defender/DM, Club América)


Teammate of Diego Lainez, Edson has grown into a serious talent with Club América. Showing shades of Diego Reyes, Álvarez is versatile as a defender and can bring the ball up with control, but also marks well and can make a well-timed slide tackle. Watching Club América, it’s almost difficult to think Edson is only 19 years old.

Edson’s game has been evolving so well that SofaScore has him as an average rating of 6.96 (6 as an average score), with a passing percentage of 87%. Similar to Diego, Edson has the possibility of playing the U-20 World Cup or the Gold Cup with the senior side this summer. Either way, the team he plays with will be happy he is there.

1. Cesar Montes (Defender, Monterrey)


At number 1, it’s the rock solid defender at Monterrey. Cesar Montes has become a fan favorite in his home of Monterrey, and he continues to show why on the field. A threat in the air on set pieces, and a stone wall in the defense, Cesar is the best Mexico has to offer for his age. With an average SofaScore rating of 7.02, Cesar plays with the best of them in Liga MX, and gives reason to giving young Mexicans exposure in the league.

Along with others mentioned, he is eligible for either the U-20 World Cup or the Gold Cup, but if one was most likely to play for the senior side this summer, it would be Cesar.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011, and is a Sport management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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