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Mexicans Abroad: Grading Off-Season Player Moves

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Javier Hernandez looks on as he is unveiled as a West Ham United player on July 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

 Mexico had a very busy summer, from tournaments to players moves. Now that the tournaments are done, we have started preparing to watch players suit up for their new teams. In this article, we will be grading all the transfers we saw over the past few months.

Take a look at the moves and grades…

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Andrés Guardado to Real Betis: B

He was a household name at PSV, but the veteran midfielder is making his way to La Liga, embarking on a new challenge. Andrés Guardado was pursued by some MLS sides, with journalists saying that he may have come to terms with LAFC, but it wasn’t true. He will be heading to the Spanish team in hopes to regain his fitness heading toward Russia 2018. The club isn’t flashy, but I commend Guardado on accepting this challenge, giving him a B grade on the move.

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Omar Govea to Royal Mouscron: B

The 21-year-old never broke into the first team at FC Porto, so this loan to the Belgian side may give him a spark moving forward. It will only be for one year, so a good showing could give FC Porto that incentive to give him first team minutes in the future.

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Hirving Lozano to PSV: A

The speed-demon winger made one of the best moves this summer. Going to PSV will give Hirving a ton of opportunities, and I guarantee he will become a beloved player with these Dutch fans. He already has notched a goal and assist for the team, so I expect the song “Mi amigo Lozano” to echo throughout Philips Stadion very soon.

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Chicharito to West Ham: B-

Chicharito’s time in Germany may have been the best of his career. The fans loved the striker from Mexico, but he is now at a new home. West Ham was an interesting move because they aren’t near the top of the table in EPL. However, they made some good new signings, along with Chicharito, in hopes to change that. I would have preferred to see Chich with an Italian or Spanish side, but this move should be fun, regardless.

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Joao Maleck to FC Porto (B): A

The 18-year-old forward leaves his team in Mexico to venture abroad to FC Porto B. With the growing interest in Mexicans at Portuguese sides, I am happy with this move. The youngster shows a lot of promise, and this move will give him more chances to make his name known. Bravo, Joao.

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Héctor Moreno to A.S. Roma: A+

One of Mexico’s best defenders has found a new place to play, and it was arguably the best move we have seen in recent years. A.S. Roma will be getting a veteran, experienced defender coming off a strong season with PSV. Many wanted to see Moreno move to a big club, and he finally has done so. The excitement between the club and player is very much warranted.

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Antonio Briseño to C.D. Feirense: B-

This is a very interesting move for the 2011 U17 World Cup winner. His career with the national team hasn’t flourished, so getting European experience may help him keep some attention from Juan Carlos Osorio, although it is a long shot. He is still only 23-years-old, so there is time to get the benefits from this club change and staying solidified, instead of being loaned around Liga MX.

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Carlos Salcedo to Eintracht Frankfurt: B

The defender will be joining a friend in Marco Fabían at the German club, and that makes this situation even more intriguing. It is a toss up between La Liga and Bundesliga where Mexicans have had their best years abroad, so seeing the defender join Frankfurt has fans excited. Moreover, he has been recovering from his shoulder injury smoothly, which means we may see him play sooner than expected.

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Guillermo Ochoa to Standard Liège: C+

It isn’t a move which makes the average fan jump out of their seat, but Ochoa will no longer have to worry about his defense getting shredded every week. The move could have been better, especially with some big names looking at his services, but, joining Standard Liège may keep Memo motivated and happy when all is said and done.

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Carlos Peña, Lalo Herrera to Rangers: C+

It was a very unexpected pair of signings, but it will be a different look for these players. The competition won’t be necessarily more difficult, but the switch in their footballing environment could be a nice change for the forward and midfielder.

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Jonathan dos Santos to LA Galaxy: F

A player who showed a lot of promise for Mexico this summer made the most disappointing transfer of the year. Jonathan has left his La Liga team in Villarreal for the Los Angeles Galaxy. At only 27 years old, many thought Jona could have found a big name abroad with his consistent play at Villarreal, but he has taken a major step down to join his brother in Los Angeles. I’m sure this rating will upset fans of LA and MLS, but going from 5th in Spain (qualified for Europa league) to the Galaxy is a downgrade, it really isn’t debatable.

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