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Jul 22, 2014

Making their mark away from home

As soon as Mexico's World Cup was over, thoughts turned to the upcoming club season.

Immediately after Germany hoisted the World Cup trophy in the air, the "futbol talk" for El Tri fans drastically changed from the World Cup to the upcoming seasons domestically and abroad.

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While the Liga MX is still a competitive and formidable league, the move to Europe will always be seen as a step ahead. Some players (like Marco Fabian, Raul Jimenez, Carlos Pena and Miguel Layun) will have to wait a bit longer for an opportunity, while others are already back and preparing for their respective seasons.

Let's take a look at those Mexicans playing abroad in Europe.

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez attended a Chivas game on Sunday with his grandfather after taking part in a pregame ceremony with the club. The Manchester United player is a recent addition to their U.S. tour and these friendlies may prove to be crucial for the striker.

New head coach Louis van Gaal has yet to mention his intentions for the Mexican maestro, but Hernandez will surely be intent on minutes after seldom seeing time on the pitch last season. There is no doubt Hernandez has offers from various other European clubs, but fans will have to wait on any upcoming decisions.

Carlos Vela

Carlos Vela is once again back with the Real Sociedad squad after signing a four-year deal with the team over the summer. Vela didn't turn down the idea of moving to a different team over the summer, but Real Sociedad seem to have convinced the attacker to stay.

Due to an injury to his right foot, Vela will miss out on Real Sociedad's first Europa League match -- against the winner of Aberdeen and FC Groningen -- on July 31.

It's looking like Carlos Vela will stay at Real Sociedad for the next season, despite interest from both parties in a return to Arsenal.

Guillermo Ochoa

Guillermo Ochoa is still without a team and it looks as if Atletico Madrid will not be an option for him after they signed 21-year-old goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Ochoa has made it clear he won't make a decision until after he is done with his vacation. It is assumed that the World Cup star will likely go to a Ligue 1 side.

Hector Moreno

Hector Moreno is still recovering from his shinbone injury but Espanyol seem confident they will have him back four to six months from now.

The big question is whether Moreno will stay with the squad once he has become healthy enough to play at his top level.

Jonathan & Giovani dos Santos

After spending years on the Barcelona bench, Jonathan dos Santos will be joining his brother Giovani over at Villarreal.

The defensive midfielder has the capabilities to be a starter and it would be fascinating to see the two brothers playing together. This may help Jonathan's chances with the Mexican national team as well.

After spending so many years on the Barcelona bench, Jonathan dos Santos will get his chance to shine at Villareal.

Javier Aquino

Javier Aquino, who is currently signed with Villarreal, is rumored to have a potential move to either Rayo Vallecano or Celtic.

The young winger has seen sporadic first-team time with Villarreal and might benefit from a move to a squad where he can be a guaranteed starter.

Hector Herrera & Diego Reyes

Herrera and Reyes once again have a new coach at Porto. Julen Lopetegui has taken over the reins after spending multiple years coaching various Spanish national team youth squads.

Herrera has already stated to the media recently that he is content with the new coach.

Andres Guardado

Following his surprisingly excellent performances at the World Cup, Andres Guardado once again returns to Valencia. Little has been said about the midfielder/wing-back's future European career but it seems as if Bayer Leverkusen were happy to be finished with his short loan in Germany.

Since his start in La Liga with Valencia back in 2012, Guardado has had far too many underwhelming performances. Will his strong showing in the World Cup be the much-needed catalyst for Guardado to kick on to bigger things?

Ulises Davila

After scoring the goal that secured their promotion to La Liga, Cordoba are now seeking to bring back Ulises Davila.

The only trouble is that Chelsea have been stubborn to let him go, which is odd considering Chelsea would likely not call up Davila to the first team anytime soon. Talks have now reached four weeks over the future of the 23-year-old from Guadalajara.

Nery Castillo

The infamous Nery Castillo has found a new home with Kalloni FC in Greece. This will mark the third time that he has played for a Greek club in his career.

Castillo has failed to make the same impact that he made with Olympiacos back in the early 2000s but will be given another chance this upcoming season.

Journeyman Nery Castillo will turn out for his 11th club in his career when he kits up for Kalloni.

Jesus Manuel Corona

Jesus Manuel Corona is currently training with FC Twente's reserve squad after he returned "too heavy" from the summer break.

Corona still has time to get back in shape but it is still nonetheless a terrible start for the 21-year-old.

Jonathan Espericueta

Jonathan Espericueta is training once again with Villarreal B and still has another five months left on his loan with the squad.

Gabriel Piccolo

Gabriel Piccolo has another year left on his contract with Partick Thistle and will fight to help them stay afloat in the Scottish Premiership this season.

Cesar Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez can't remember a time when soccer hasn't been a part of his daily routine. Within that personal immersion of fútbol is a lifelong passion for the Mexican national team. He has blogged on El Tri for four years mainly through his blog The Big Verde. Follow him on Twitter @cesarh1030.