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Managerless Mexico faces tough trip to Argentina, despite Messi's absence

Mexico has been desperate to play games on the road against tough opposition and, while Lionel Messi might not be with the Argentina squad, the upcoming matches against La Albiceleste on Friday (Cordoba) and Nov. 20 (Mendoza) will be stern tests to end the year for El Tri.

These past few months have been a kind of mini-cycle for Mexico's interim coach, Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti. Integral players such as Hector Herrera, Hector Moreno, Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado have been cast to one side....

Rumblings of rift between Javier Hernandez, Mexico won't stop as absence continues

Mexico announced on Thursday its squad for two upcoming friendlies against Argentina on Nov. 16 and Nov. 20 in Cordoba and Mendoza.  Here are five talking points stemming from the squad: 

Chicharito issue won't go away

There are rational reasons why Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Mexico's top goalscorer, hasn't been involved for El Tri since Russia 2018. For the September friendlies, a rest was required after the long World Cup camp; in October, Hernandez was bed-stricken with a virus...

Porto duo Hector Herrera, 'Tecatito' Corona shine for Mexico in Europe

Hector Herrera celebrates after scoring in Porto's Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Hector Herrera scored in Porto's Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow.

With the return of the Champions League and Europa League, a number of Mexico's most prominent players have had the opportunity to gain highly valuable minutes during the midweek matches. In case you missed any of the games, here's a quick rundown of how each of them fared in the European competitions.

Hirving Lozano | PSV Eindhoven | Champions League

Against a Tottenham side that dominated possession, Lozano saw very little of the ball in the 2-1 loss. As PSV's highest-pressing player, the winger...

Liga MX scoring surge may show Mexico striker situation isn't all doom and gloom

It was as if a magic wand had been waved and a spell cast to help Mexican goal-scorers find their shooting boots this weekend, with 13 of the 28 goals scored in Liga MX -- 46 percent -- netted by players born in the country.

Admittedly, that stat might not jump out for followers of other leagues, in some of which domestic players -- and particularly strikers -- get more opportunities. But not one of the top 10 goal-scorers in Liga MX heading into this weekend's games was Mexico-born. In round 14,...

Is Mexico's Jesus 'Tecatito' Corona finally making his star turn in Europe?

It is only Nov. 1 but Jesus Corona has already matched his last season totals of three goals and three assists.
It is only Nov. 1 but Jesus Corona has already matched his last season totals of three goals and three assists.

Varzim's defenders had no chance against Jesus Corona.

For around 15 seconds in the second half of Thursday's Portuguese League Cup match vs Porto, two members of the opposition desperately and hopelessly chased the Mexican. "Tecatito" made them look foolish. With the ball at his feet, the 25-year-old dodged and swayed his way past every attempted defensive intervention. Even when he was stuck near the corner flag, Corona seamlessly slipped past the two fumbling defenders, moved closer to the 18-yard-box,...

Copa MX title win just the first step toward changing the culture at Cruz Azul

The 2018 Copa MX title was Cruz Azul's first trophy since 2014. Now can they end their 21-year league title drought?
The 2018 Copa MX title was Cruz Azul's first trophy since 2014. Now can they end their 21-year league title drought?

The scenes on the final whistle as Cruz Azul defeated Monterrey 2-0 to win the Copa MX on Wednesday said just as much about where La Maquina is at right now as the preceding 90-plus minutes of football.

La Maquina had won its first title since the 2014 CONCACAF Champions League and the celebrations added to the sense that Cruz Azul -- an institution that has spawned a verb to describe ways of letting winning positions slip: cruzazulear -- is ready to challenge for the Liga MX Apertura in the remaining...