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Mexico announces hiring of Juan Carlos Osorio as next manager of El Tri

Mexico announced the hiring of Juan Carlos Osorio as the next manager of its national team after a contract agreement was reached on Friday.

The Mexican Football Federation announced the agreement on Saturday, saying Osorio will take over the team as they prepare to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Mexico's statement said Osorio would sign the final papers next week and scheduled an introductory news conference for next Wednesday.

The Colombian coach had already confirmed on Wednesday that he would be leaving Brazil's Sao Paulo to coach El Tri, while the club had announced the move on Tuesday.

Interim manager Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti will lead Mexico against the United States on Saturday in Pasadena, California, in a CONCACAF Cup playoff for a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Juan Carlos Osorio will take over as Mexico manager before next month's World Cup qualifiers.

Ferretti, who is also the coach of Tigres in Liga MX, is also contracted to lead El Tri in a friendly on Tuesday against Panama.

Osorio will take over as Mexico begins its World Cup qualification on Nov. 13 at home to El Salvador and then travel to Honduras on Nov. 17.

"I am making formal my connection with the Mexico national team for the 2018 World Cup preparation," Osorio said during a news conference on Wednesday. "This is a difficult decision between staying here or taking the role on a very prestigious national team."

The former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls coach said two weeks ago that he wanted to coach in a World Cup.

Mexico Coaches since 2010 World Cup

Coach
Years
Games
Juan Carlos Osorio
2015-
 
Ricardo Ferretti*
2015
4
Miguel Herrera
2013-15
37
Victor Manuel Vucetich
2013
2
Luis Fernando Tena*
2013
1
Jose Manuel de la Torre
2011-13
47
Efrain Flores*
2010
3
Enrique Meza*
2010
1
*-interim coach

Osorio has won four league titles in Colombia's top division, but only lasted a handful of league games when he was at Puebla in the Liga MX.

He will replace Miguel Herrera, who was fired in July after Mexico won the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Herrera gave Osorio a vote of support two weeks ago.

"[Osorio] isn't a bad option, he's already worked in Mexico, but the decision is for the directors," said Herrera in an interview with ESPN Digital, adding that Osorio is a "Great worker [and] a extraordinary guy."

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