2014 World Cup: Who Will Start In Goal For Mexico?

Positives For Mexico Despite Loss To Portugal

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Ahead of their 2014 World Cup debut on Friday against Cameroon in Group A play, Mexico arrived to Brazil on Sunday with a major question mark. It was not related to who will be the starting forwards, it will not be how they intend to generate scoring chances, or how will the midfielders help generate scoring chances while potentially not closing off outlets for the wing backs. The biggest question the vast majority of fans and pundits had with regards to Mexico as they began training on Sunday was who would be the starting goalkeeper.

Mexican National Team coach Miguel Herrera stated after Sunday practice that he was certain who 10 of the 11 starters would be come Friday. Anyone who follows ‘El Tri’ knows that this meant that the 10 outfield players who started the final pre-World Cup friendly against Portugal last Friday will start against Cameroon. In turn this meant that he was referring to the question of who would starting goalkeeper, whether it be Guillermo Ochoa or Jesus Corona. In this case, it was not a question of who would or did outplay the other given that both are currently playing at a high level. In the end, the decision of who would be the starting goalkeeper would come down to a decision of personal preference and belief of who can do certain things better than the other in a game from the viewpoint of coach Miguel Herrera.

Well early on Monday as most of us where either getting ready to head to work, or at work, it appears that Miguel Herrera has decided on a starting goalkeeper. Numerous outlets and reporters who are following and reporting on ‘El Tri’ during their World Cup run reported that it appears that Guillermo Ochoa has been tabbed as the starting goalkeeper. While there is no way of knowing if this will be the case until Thursday when the media have availability to speak with the Mexican National Team, it is a decision which can be supported by all.

While there might be some things that Corona is better at than Ochoa, the fact of the matter is that whether it be his inability to fully convince the coaching staff he has fully shrug off the ill effects of the head injury he sustained against Israel or just a personal preference, it is not a decision that can be criticized. The fact of the matter for all Mexican National Team fans is that Guillermo Ochoa is at a high level of play at this moment and offers a sense of security defending the Mexican goal.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Mexican National Team and Liga MX writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan

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