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Mexicans Abroad: Good news across the board

The ESPN FC crew analyse how Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez will fit into the Real Madrid squad and whether he will play a similar role to the one he play at United.

Javier Hernandez's move to Real Madrid was by far the biggest news of the transfer window for the Mexicans abroad.

Los Merengues brought the striker on loan this season with an option to buy. Hernandez is now the fourth Mexican to ever play for Madrid -- the most recent one was Hugo Sanchez, who played for the squad from 1985 to 1992.

As I mentioned on Monday, this could be the exact catalyst that Hernandez needs in his career. His goal scoring, while still impressive, has begun to decrease in its frequency, which is obviously detrimental for a poacher such as himself.

- Smith: Transfers more important than football?
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- Rigg: Chicharito an ideal fit for Real

Hernandez can possibly make his debut for Real Madrid when they take on Atletico Madrid on Sept. 13. A rivalry game of course, but also a rivalry within a rivalry. Hernandez, who is an ex-Chivas player, can potentially play against Raul Jimenez, who once played for Club America.

Speaking of other Mexicanos, let's check in with the recent news from the other Mexicans abroad in Europe.

Raul Jimenez came on as a sub during the 60th minute of Atletico Madrid's 2-1 win against Eibar on Saturday. Jimenez has been involved in both of Atletico's games this season and it appears coach Diego Simeone will continue utilizing the young striker.

Rafael Marquez made his Serie A debut for Verona this past weekend. "El Kaiser" was one of the better players on the pitch and undoubtedly Verona's best in their 0-0 tie against Atalanta. Marquez was influential in the back and provided plenty of his trademark long passes going forward.

Carlos Vela scored for Real Sociedad in their momentous 4-2 win over Real Madrid on Sunday. The attacker is still slowly transitioning back to the team after injuring his right foot over the summer. Nonetheless, Vela was able to score just 15 minutes after being subbed in during the second half. The goal was Sociedad's fourth and final goal, which secured the victory at home. It was an impressive win from a team who had just lost to FC Krasnodar three days earlier in the Europa League.

Carlos Vela chipped in with a goal in Real Sociedad's 4-2 upset of Real Madrid.
Carlos Vela chipped in with a goal in Real Sociedad's 4-2 upset of Real Madrid.

Guillermo Ochoa sat on the bench for the second time in a row for Malaga -- which may have played to his luck over the weekend. Valencia were able to dominate Malaga and beat the visiting squad 3-0. Malaga starting goalkeeper Carlos Kameni didn't have the best game and it wouldn't surprise me if Ochoa were to receive the start for their next match against Levante on Sept. 13.

Hector Moreno's Espanyol are still winless after losing to Sevilla 2-1 at home. Moreno is still recovering from his injury suffered during the World Cup, but that hasn't stopped him from taking part in the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Giovani dos Santos and the rest of Villarreal fought admirably against Barcelona in El Madrigal, but unfortunately fell short and lost 1-0 to the visitors. Dos Santos helped create a couple of opportunities going forward and was unlucky to not score near the end of the game after a close shot hit the post. His brother Jonathan has yet to make his La Liga debut for the Yellow Submarine.

Javier Aquino's loan to Rayo Vallecano has already started to pay off. The winger assisted both of Rayo's goals on Sunday during their 2-2 tie against Deportivo La Coruña. Aquino was easily the best player in their game and has already become a vital member of the offense. The 24-year-old is beginning to look confident with his speed and is definitely a player to watch this season.

Hector Herrera came on during the 73rd minute of Porto's 3-0 win over Moreirense on Sunday. Herrera has been featured sporadically with Porto and is still fighting for a starting spot. Diego Reyes has yet to play this season and was last featured as a substitute against Lille in Porto's Champions League game last week.

Just days after arriving in the Netherlands, Andres Guardado started in his first game for PSV Eindhoven. "The Little Prince" helped create PSV's first goal and received a standing ovation from the crowd after being subbed off in the 75th minute of the 2-0 win over Vitesse. After the match, Guardado was chosen by the Dutch media as being one of the top 11 players of the Eredivisie weekend. Not bad for just arriving.

Nery Castillo was once again left out of the Kalloni lineup. The striker has yet to receive a call-up for a match this season. Without Castillo, Kalloni went on to win 2-0 against Ergotelis.

Jesus "Tecatito" Corona was left out of Twente's roster during their 0-0 tie against Feyenoord.

Gabriel Piccolo is still a free agent. Piccolo had a mutual termination of his contract with Partick Thistle last month.

Ulises Davila is back in the Spanish Segunda Division. This time the attacker is on loan with Tenerife, who finished in 11th place last season. This is the fourth year in a row that Davila has been placed on loan by Chelsea.

Pedro Arce Latapi once again has signed with Veria, a Greek Super League squad. Arce, 22, played with the squad in 2013 and has since played for Anagennisi Giannitsta FC and Kavala.

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.

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