A new generation of Mexican footballers lead the way

On September 27, 2012 by MexicoToday

With the Olympic gold medals still weighing heavily around their necks, it’s no surprise that the young stars of El Tri sailed through CONCACAF qualifying making it to the final round of the necessary qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

This Mexican National Football team has been making it look easy.

This is a Mexican squad that is ‘fresh-faced but fearless’.

It’s hard to pick out a leader among this squad of young stars. 23 year-old Marco Fabian, for instance, had a strong performance in the Games, scoring one of Mexico’s 3 goals in the win over Japan.

Fabian acknowledges the guidance of older players as well in London:

“There were a lot of us youngsters there, but we had Salcido, Corona and Peralta by our side, who went to London as the over-age players. That made it easier for us to come into the group, and I have to say it was a very positive experience for us.”

And Fabian isn’t the only young gun making a splash for El Tri.

22-year old Javier Aquino is a midfielder for Cruz Azul. Aquino netted one in Mexico’s semifinal match against Senegal and put on a fine performance in a CONCACAF qualifier against Costa Rica.

Of his performance against Costa Rica in hostile San Jose, Aquino said:

“I just tried to make the most of my opportunity and I’m happy with my performance. There was maybe more at stake at the Olympics, but the atmosphere was more intimidating in Costa Rica.”

It could be argued that Mexico’s young stars have ice running through their veins.

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