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Mexico ready for 2017 opener

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 By Tom Marshall

Mexico's Ronaldo in prime form ahead of U.S. clash in U20 Championship

Ronaldo Cisneros has been the star of the CONCACAF U20 Championship so far, notching five goals in three group games.

When the Cisneros family was set to name their newborn son in early 1997, they decided to induce fate. The name the father came up with was none other than Ronaldo, inspired by the Brazil international striking phenomenon.

Fast-forward a little over 20 years later and the gamble has paid off. It turns out that Ronaldo Cisneros is pretty good. In fact, he is one of Mexico's best young talents, and the No. 9 will be leading the attack for El Tri's under-20s against the archrival United States...

Mexicans in Europe: Diego Reyes continues rise with Espanyol in La Liga

From well-timed defensive interventions to near-perfect distribution going forward, Diego Reyes is thriving with Espanyol.

It's a bit easy to forget about Espanyol's Diego Reyes.

With names such as Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Carlos Vela and Guillermo Ochoa dominating attention, Reyes is at times lost in the discussion of the Mexicans in Europe.

Although the central defender might not have many eye-catching highlights to his name this season, he has been able to attain a key role in an established La Liga club. Since October of last year, Reyes has been given the start in every league match for Espanyol.

During Sunday's...

 By Eric Gomez

Why are there so few Mexican strikers thriving in Liga MX?

FC's Herculez Gomez recaps the Clasico Nacional between Chivas and Club America, and why Ricardo La Volpe's time is up.
The FC crew reacts to the violence at the Tigres v Veracruz match, and the issue it raises for security around the league.

The Mexican goalscorer, in his natural habitat, is in danger of dying out. While the country's soccer program has been increasingly adept at exporting its best attacking players to top European leagues and beyond, there are few footballers ready to take up the mantle in Liga MX.

In 2016, just three Mexican players scored more than 10 times in the domestic league, not including postseason matches. Club America's Oribe Peralta and Pachuca's Hirving Lozano -- the latter not even an outright forward...

Mexico Hot List: Jesus Corona and 'Chicharito' peaking, Marco Bueno woe

FC's Herculez Gomez recaps the Clasico Nacional between Chivas and Club America, and why Ricardo La Volpe's time is up.
The FC crew reacts to the violence at the Tigres v Veracruz match, and the issue it raises for security around the league.

The clock is quickly ticking for numerous Mexican players. With slightly over a month left until FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago, El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio will soon need to hone down his best roster options.

While the likes of Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Guillermo Ochoa and other Mexicans in Europe are close to guaranteeing their spots, others back in Liga MX will need to continue to fight for a much-desired opportunity.

Keeping this in mind, let's...

Mexicans in Europe: Can't keep Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez out of the goal

Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring a goal for Bayer Leverkusen against Augsburg.
Javier Hernandez has scored five goals in his past three games after netting a brace for Bayer Leverkusen against Augsburg.

Who can stop Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez?

Following a goal drought that lasted over three months, the Mexico international has more than made up for lost time. On Friday, Hernandez scored twice for Bayer Leverkusen in their 3-1 win over Augsburg, bringing his tally to five goals in his last three starts for the Bundesliga side.

With a Champions League match set against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, Chicharito's recent goal-scoring form could not have arrived at a better moment. As for his national...

Mexico Hot List: 'Chicharito' finding form while Oribe Peralta cools off

LA Galaxy and Mexico forward Giovani dos Santos reflects on his return to El Tri and discusses his goals for club and country.
Chicharito suddenly rediscovering scoring form should bring relief to legions of nervous Mexico fans.

Following El Tri's 1-0 friendly win over Iceland last Wednesday, and Week 6 of the 2017 Clausura, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio will have plenty to think about before March's World Cup qualifiers.

Although the matches against Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago are over a month away, Osorio will soon need to decide who his best options are for the national team. With limited opportunities to shine, every game for those in Liga MX and abroad will prove to be highly significant in the coming...