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 By Tom Marshall

Mexico needs a new goal scorer to step into a bigger role at the Gold Cup

SAN DIEGO -- Juan Carlos Osorio's ban and criticism of his leadership has overshadowed the build-up to Mexico's Gold Cup opener against El Salvador on Sunday. But there is another burning issue for El Tri to address in the tournament: Who will get the goals?

Mexico's squad is a mix of fringe first-team players and young hopefuls, but does not feature a goal scorer with real international experience. The 23 players have only eight international goals between them; 29-year-old winger Elias Hernandez...

Mexico Hot List: Oribe Peralta is back, Alejandro Palacios struggles in goal

It's now or never for fringe and backup options for the Mexican national team.

With World Cup qualifiers set against Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago at the end of March, many aspiring members of El Tri's roster now have only a couple of weeks left to impress manager Juan Carlos Osorio.

Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at some of the recent best and worst performances from Mexicans at home and abroad:

Warming Up

Oribe Peralta, FW, Club America (Mexico)

Why he's here: Peralta...

Mexico Hot List: 'Chicharito' cruising, Chivas stars soar as Ochoa struggles

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio will use friendlies against New Zealand (Oct. 8) and Panama (Oct. 11) as preparation for a crunch meeting with the United States in the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying on Nov. 11.

That said, Osorio must soon solidify his best options for El Tri. Employing a roster primarily filled with fringe options for the October call-up, it's clear that the manager wants to take one last look at backup players who could fight for a spot on next month's squad.

Keeping...

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Liga MX Talking Points: Is the next 'Chicharito' currently in Liga MX?

Chivas de Guadalajara youth product and Mexico national team star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored his 100th goal in Europe on Tuesday, Bayer Leverkusen's only tally in a 1-1 draw with Monaco in the Champions League. So, we found ourselves wondering: Is the next "Chicharito" currently playing in Mexico's domestic league? ESPN FC asked Tom Marshall, Nayib Moran and Cesar Hernandez to weigh in.

Capable of 100 goals in European football? No

If we are talking about the next great Mexican...