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Mexico youngster Diego Lainez: Real Betis was 'best decision' for me

Diego Lainez is ready to play for Real Betis as early as this Thursday's Copa del Rey game against Real Sociedad, stated the 18-year-old Mexican forward in his presentation at the Spanish club on Tuesday.

Lainez arrived to Seville on Saturday, passed his medical examinations on Sunday, before training for the first time with his teammates on Monday. Now he is hoping to complete a momentous week with minutes against La Real in the round-of-16 cup clash.

"I...

Hirving Lozano, Alex Morgan win CONCACAF player of the year awards

Mexico and the United States split the CONCACAF awards for best player of 2018, with El Tri winger Hirving Lozano named male player of the year and the U.S. striker Alex Morgan taking the female prize.

Lozano, at 23, becomes the youngest ever winner of the award on the men's side after consistent form for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and a famous goal to help Mexico to a 1-0 win over Germany at the World Cup.

It's the third consecutive occasion Morgan has won the women's prize and her fourth CONCACAF...

Mexican youngster Diego Lainez to move from Club America to Real Betis

Young Mexico star Diego Lainez has agreed to a deal that send him from Club America to La Liga side Real Betis.

The future of 18-year-old left-footed forward Lainez has been the subject of speculation since he helped the Liga MX side win the 2018 Apertura title on Dec. 16.

"I'm happy to be a part of Betis and it is a good opportunity for everyone," Lainez said

Dutch powerhouse Ajax had been the reported favored destination, until Betis sporting director Serra Ferrer flew to Mexico earlier in the...

Former Liga MX goalkeeper Omar Ortiz gets 75 years on kidnapping conviction

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After a seven-year legal process, Omar Ortiz was sentenced to 75 years in prison in connection to his participation in a kidnapping ring.

MEXICO CITY -- Omar Ortiz, a former goalkeeper for several Mexican clubs, was sentenced Tuesday to 75 years in prison following his conviction on kidnapping charges. The sentence was handed down almost seven years to the day after his arrest in connection to his participation in a kidnapping ring.

Nicknamed "El Gato" ("The Cat"), Ortiz has been in jail since Jan. 7, 2012, during which time Nuevo Leon state prosecutors were able to link him to two kidnappings. Ortiz is facing additional charges of...

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino: Mexico has evolved to be among top teams

Gerardo "Tata" Martino, who was officially unveiled as Mexico manager by that country's federation on Monday, said he thinks Mexico have evolved to be "among the best" over the past 20 years.

Martino's official acceptance and the announcement of the deal ended several months' worth of speculation that Martino -- who won the 2018 MLS Coach of the Year award with Atlanta United -- would take over El Tri at the conclusion of the season.

In his presentation at federation offices in Mexico City on Monday,...