Mexico’s newly appointed coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, has come out to say that he prefers his national team players to stay in Europe. With current interest in Mexicans by the MLS, there is much debate on whether moves to the United States benefit El Tri one way or another.
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I wrote an article previously about why Mexicans should avoid coming to the MLS while in the prime of their careers. The example being that of Giovani dos Santos and his decision to join the LA Galaxy. Giovani was not considered for Mexico’s WCQ in November of 2015 (and no, he was not injured), and many speculated that it could be due to his career choice. Moreover, it appears Osorio will not be calling Giovani for Mexico’s friendly against Senegal in February due to lack of current form.
It caused some controversy, as fans of the MLS took offense. However, it is not to bash the MLS, but rather to suggest that the best path for Mexico’s national team, as well as its football in general, would be to play against the highest quality opponents with their clubs.
It is not to say Osorio will never consider a player in the MLS, but the fact is Mexico’s production abroad is at an all-time high. This is why Osorio wants more Mexicans to make the move abroad over the MLS.
Let’s be even more fair in this conversation…Osorio would advise his players abroad to stay in Europe over Liga MX. Not because Liga MX is poor, but due to the current experience and growth of players like Miguel Layún, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Tecatito Corona, Chicharito etc have seen in Europe.
Do you agree with Osorio that Mexico’s players benefit from staying in Europe? Do you disagree? Let us know in the comment section.