Who should be Mexico's goalkeeper? 

January, 29, 2013

Going into Brazil 2014 and beyond, the Mexican national team will continue to have one lingering question: Who will be the starting goalkeeper for El Tri?

Jose de Jesus Corona, a man who has already led a version of the national team to glory with last summer's Olympic gold medal headlining the 32-year-old's résumé, is still searching for his first start in a World Cup.

Guillermo Ochoa's trailblazing efforts in the French Ligue 1 serve as a reminder that the former undisputed No. 1 for Mexico has an unflinching mentality. Purported interest from Liverpool and PSG at the club level makes it baffling to some observers that the Ajaccio starter is currently being passed over by a man playing in the Mexican league as El Tri's first-choice keeper.

If Chepo de la Torre's mind seems made up, with Corona handling the bulk of duties during the last round of CONCACAF qualifiers, a quick reminder of the tail end of Javier Aguirre's tenure managing El Tri in 2010 reveals that Ochoa gaffed during a pre-World Cup friendly -- which cost him the job in South Africa.

In other words, roughly a year and a half from the start of the World Cup in Brazil, Mexico's goalkeeping job is still very much up for grabs. Who should start in 2014?


The arguments in favor of Corona are pretty clear. Not only did he lead El Tri to their first Olympic Gold, but his 13 starts for Mexico's senior and under-23 teams yielded just seven goals, in a year that included two starts against Brazil.

Eric Gomez