Mexico Soccer: A midfield in bloom


Mexico’s midfield is a darkhorse. Full of unfamiliar faces known to the international stage, the mystique of having a young midfield may benefit El Tri in Brazil.

Mexico’s midfield is full of World Cup debutants. Looking towards the future, this World Cup is a grand opportuniy for players like Hector Herrera, Carlos “el Gullit” Pena, and Marco Fabian to become acclimated to the pressures of the World stage.

Mexico’s youth has finally become prominent base for the national team.

In the past years the midfield had become decrepit, relying on aging midfielders to offer solutions. Veterans such as Gerardo Torrado, and Israel Castro have finally fallen out of the frame. El Tri had become so desperate at times that it even forced players like Rafa Marquez, and Carlos Salcido to play out of position, as a result of the deficiencies in the middle.

El Tri is now dependent upon a new generation of players. A new set that know how to conduct the flow of the game.

This renovated midfield can fuel Mexico going forward. El Tri has a strong set of attackers, but greatly lacked players like Pena, Herrera, or Luis Montes to feed them good passes up top all year.

The midfield shows promise. Still, it is uncertain what set of midfielders head coach Miguel Herrera will use at the World Cup. With Juan Carlos Medina out, El Zorillo Herrera may have to take his place as holding midfielder, with Liga MX champions Pena and Montes rounding out the midfield should Piojo Herrera continue with his 5-3-2 formation. Miguel Herrera may rotate Pena and Montes the way he did in the game against the United States, with Fabian as the perfect complement to Montes. The key in the upcoming friendlies will be to find what combination works best, and who knows it may be ingenious to rotate the midfield depending on the opponent. What is certain is that the midfield is very balanced for this summer tournament, more than it has been in a very long time.

Mexico will begin it’s run of friendlies in preparation for the World Cup this week. El Tri is set to play Israel Wednesday in the Estadio Azteca at 6:30 p.m. PST, as its send off to Brazil.