Two years ago Alan Pulido suffered a major blow.
As in 2012 the young striker from Tamaulipas was cut from the squad that attained Olympic glory. Missing out on gold was a painful dejection that was poison to Pulido’s ambitions.
Pulido was forced to sit out the London Olympics even after an exceptional display in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Pulido scored 5 goals tying fellow teammate and Olympic gold medalist Marco Fabian as joint top goal scorer. Pulido was a young and driven prospect for El Tri.
If anything one would have thought his display against Honduras in the qualifying tournament would have catapulted him into London. But with Giovani Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta coming in to the picture it was always going to be a battle for that final spot up top.
The final spot was ultimately taken by America striker Raul Jimenez. In a decision that shocked many, Pulido was snubbed from London. Ironically enough, Jimenez is not part of Miguel Herrera’s first call up of 2014, and Pulido is.
Pulido has been given a golden opportunity to revive with El Tri in a friendly against South Korea that is set to take place January 29th. Only 22 years-old and yet to attain his first senior cap with El Tri Pulido will hope to leave a good impression with Herrera.
Missing out on the London Olympics won’t seem so bad if he is able to book a place in the 23 man roster for Brazil.
With Javier Hernandez, Peralta, Dos Santos and Jimenez all tussling for a spot in Brazil, Pulido will discover just how difficult of a task he has before him.
Pulido probably wouldn’t mind if Carlos Vela decided to stay in Spain this summer.