There were some bumps in the road for Mexico in 2015, but after defeating Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, the momentum started to turn around.
Here is The Stoppage Time’s 2016 El Tri wish list for 2016…
Send a strong roster to the Copa América
This one is a bit of a no brainer, but Mexico fans have had to sit through two Copa América’s (2011, 2015) with a secondary roster. There really is no excuse this time around, Mexico will be sending its full team to the tournament this summer in the U.S.
Find Ochoa a new home
He was one of the headlines at the 2014 World Cup after a tremendous group stage with Mexico, allowing only one goal.
Today, Guillermo Ochoa sees virtually no playing time with Malaga. It is time Ochoa makes some sort of move, and reignite his club career. The 30-year-old still has plenty of time as a quality keeper, but he needs to get on the pitch as soon as possible.
Keep shipping players to Europe
Now that Marco Fabián has added his name to the Mexican’s abroad list, there are several others with whispers that a European move could be on the way.
Youngsters like Jurgen Damm, Chucky Lozano, and Carlos Salcedo could very well end up in Europe in 2016…which could make the depth chart that much better for Juan Carlos Osorio.
Have Rafa Márquez captain the Olympic team
Mexico will be heading to the Olympics in 2016 as the returning champions. Not only that, they will be doing so in the one of the best places you can play in a tournament: Brazil.
That being said, Mexico’s legendary defender will be turning 37, which means there will most likely not be a lot of time left internationally. A great way to send him out would be to captain the Olympic team, and guide the up-and-coming youngsters in their quest to make another deep run in the tournament.