Mexico Soccer: Assembling El Tri; the six essential players for Mexico in 2014

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Assembling the perfect arsenal for Brazil 2014 wont be easy, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera will have a headache of decisions to make prior to the World Cups kickoff. Many players once seen in the starting eleven may be omitted due to injury, a lack of playing time, or terrible form with their current club. Here is the list of the six essential figures for El Tri in 2014.

6. Jesus de Corona

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Robert Cianflone/Getty Images South America)

I know what you’re thinking, Corona over Memo Ochoa, why? Simple, in my opinion Mexico has never looked secure with Ochoa at goal. Yes, sometimes he makes outstanding saves, but in the end they don’t make up for the two or three he does let in. Sure he makes it to the highlight reel often, but still it’s not worth much if Mexico comes out losing. Ochoa doesn’t exude confidence to the ten men in front of him.

Corona on the other hand possesses a different presence at goal. A cool demeanor that tells the squad, if you do your job I will do mine. People should not forget that Corona is partly the reason El Tri made it to Brazil. He saved El Tri from catastrophe too many times and it is about time he was commended for it.

5. Miguel Layun

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Photo: EFE

The essential presence of Miguel Layun has become a comforting solution to Mexico’s right back dilemma. The 2013 Gold Cup should have already proven that Layun was destined to represent El Tri. Layun is a spectacular down the flanks. His crossing was a missing component in Mexico’s qualifying campaign. Layun will be a rudimentary figure in Brazil.

4. Javier Hernandez

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Image

Let us not forget the “little pea” Javier Hernandez. Sure, he’s struggling to find a place at Manchester United. But who wouldn’t struggle to solidify a spot with the red devils. Hernandez is a gem when it comes to scoring important goals with United and El Tri. Hernandez is a lethal striker that scores when it counts.  El Tri will need him at his best come the World Cup. Should he gain momentum for the World Cup in time there is no telling the amount of damage he’ll do to his opponents at center stage.

3. Oribe “the Brush” Peralta

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The brush Oribe Peralta has become Mexico’s goal scoring talisman. He supplied the goals that pushed Mexico past New Zealand and into Brazil. Peralta has become one of Mexico’s most consistent players. Peralta made sure Hernandez’s absence from the playoff went unnoticed. If Peralta continues to play with the confidence he displayed in the playoff then it is likely he will represent El Tri up top in Brazil.

2. Gullit Pena

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The ferocious midfielder from Tamaulipas capped his year with a Liga Mx championship under his belt. His stellar performance against America in the final acquired Leon the prestigious trophy. The feelings might have been bittersweet for Miguel Herrera who at the time was still Club America manager. Herrera lost a title but gained a weapon for Brazil 2014. His ability to penetrate down the middle and feed the attack are qualities Mexico has sorely needed throughout 2013 and will surely benefit from in the World Cup.

1. Giovani Dos Santos

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Jamie Sabau/Getty Images North America)

Not much needs to be said about Dos Santos. In international competitions he always proves to be the most inspired and ambitious player in the squad. I have no doubt that Brazil will be any different.

A New Year has arrived and Mexico has very little time to waste.