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Mexico ready for 2017 opener

Mexico
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 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...