The road to Qatar 2022 starts in September for Mexico and other competing CONCACAF nations. Although the matches do not count, as they are exhibitions, it is time to start the process.
The Mexcian national team is without a long-term manager (which I will touch on later) which means the interim manager will need to take a look at several Mexicans to face Uruguay and the USA in September.
Here are several names to consider…
Attack: Diego Lainez, Roberto Alvarado, Alexis Vega, José Macías
Several of the mentioned names are no-brainers, as they have been seeing first-team time in Liga MX with their clubs. One of the rivals in the United States has been experimenting with younger names, in order to get a new chemistry going for future tournaments/qualifying.
There’s no better time for the Mexican side(s) to start their own experimentations. As of late, the four attacking options have shown up in a big way in league play. The new refreshing look of new names taking their opportunities by storm is a hopeful sign for Mexico.
Diego Lainez, a player with a lot of hype, and finally found his comfort zone with Club América, even when being tested in several different positions.
Roberto Alvarado has been a blessing for the other Mexico City team in Cruz Azul. The forward has shown maturity in such a short time, making him a big target for the national team.
Of course, the other two names have been keeping up on their sides. Alexis Vega is performing at a high level for Toluca and Macías with Chivas. The future of Mexico needs to start building now if they want to see success in their next tournament – especially in the attack.
Midfield/Defense: Jorge Sánchez, Víctor Guzmán, Erick Aguirre, Carlos Vargas, Chofís López
If you thought Mexico’s attacking options were looking solid, the midfield and defense have been even more consistent with their clubs. If it weren’t for a knee injury, Víctor Guzmán may have fought for a spot to Russia 2018, but, now is his time to show that his recovery is complete and his skill is ready to be showcased.
His teammate, Erick Aguirre, has been a strong option for Pachuca, giving him some notice amongst Mexico fans. He has played at nearly every level for El Tri, yet, it may just be time to finally see him on the senior side this September.
The Chivas man ‘Chofís’ López has been a go-to option for the Guadalajara side for a while, so it may be his time to get a shot to prove himself for the national team. It doesn’t hurt that he is another player who can play in various positions.
Lastly, the two América fullbacks have been looking sharp. Carlos Vargas was another name with the runner-up Toulon team this early summer, and Sánchez has been filling in for Paul Aguilar with ease. These two could have an instant chemistry, giving a mental boost to El Tri.
What do you think of the names mentioned? Is there anyone else you’d like to see added to the roster for the September friendlies?