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Mexico ready for 2017 opener


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...

Mexicans in Europe: Javier Hernandez returns to form at Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez
Bayern Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez netted a brace against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is once again thriving in the Bundesliga.

On Saturday, the Mexican knocked in two goals for Bayer Leverkusen in the 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Following a scoring drought which recently ended in late January, Hernandez has bounced back with three goals and one assist in his last three matches.

The striker's recent form is good news for the Leverkusen side which has struggled in the current season. If Hernandez is able to continue finding the back of the net,...

 By Tom Marshall

Rafa Marquez remains Mexico's go-to guy as El Tri icon targets World Cup

Herculez Gomez reveals whether Mexico captain Rafa Marquez will figure into Juan Carlos Osorio's World Cup plans.

LAS VEGAS -- Mexico captain Rafa Marquez turns 38 on Feb. 13. The defender's national team career passed the 20-year milestone for his country last Sunday and he is eager to become only the third player to ever play in five World Cups.

"If I maintain this form I think I have a great chance," said Marquez in an interview with ESPN's Leon Lecanda in Las Vegas.

"It would be extraordinary to be able to add five World Cups to my career [achievements], I'd be the third player in history to be...

Jurgen Damm, Alan Pulido take their chance to impress for Mexico

Jesus Molina & Bodvar Bodvarsson
Mexico cruised to a 1-0 victory over Iceland in Las Vegas on Wednesday..

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has started off 2017 with a narrow victory. Thanks to a goal from Alan Pulido on Wednesday night, El Tri was able to gain a 1-0 win over Iceland in Las Vegas.

More importantly for the manager, several backup and fringe players were on display for the national team. With a busy year set for Mexico -- which includes World Cup qualifying, Gold Cup and Confederations Cup matches -- Osorio will need to analyze and utilize several options for El Tri.

Looking ahead, Mexico...

 By Tom Marshall

Pulido, Mexico get the job done vs. Iceland in experimental 2017 opener

Herculez Gomez has it in mind that Javier Hernandez will be on his way to Major League Soccer sooner rather than later.
Raf Honigstein thinks Bayer Leverkusen should be open to offers for Chicharito, who's struggled to score goals of late.
Mexico cruised to a 1-0 victory over Iceland in Las Vegas, thanks to a first-half header from Chivas' Alan Pulido.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A domestic-based Mexico squad defeated a weakened Iceland side 1-0 on Wednesday in Las Vegas in El Tri's first match of 2017.

Here are three thoughts from the match:

1. Mexico gets the job done in experimental 2017 opener

A first-half goal from Alan Pulido was enough for Mexico in a game that won't live long in the memory but did offer coach Juan Carlos Osorio the chance to experiment.

The first 45 minutes saw El Tri use a strong side, including Rafa Marquez and Giovani dos...