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Mexicans abroad: 'Tecatito' Corona shines as the Europeo of the week

Jesus Corona of FC Porto in action
Jesus Corona put on a show with two assists to help Porto to a win.

The 2018-19 season could be a banner year for Mexican soccer as more El Tri players than ever before are playing their club soccer overseas. With several key figures playing week in and week out in a number of European leagues, keeping track of all the noteworthy stars can at times be daunting. In order to help keep tabs on those across the Atlantic, we've created a weekly award that will be given to the most outstanding player. Along with a few honorable mentions, here are the best performances...

Foundation for Diego Lainez's success is there, but Real Betis must be patient

Even with his extensive managerial resume, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno is unsure Tata Martino will be able to satisfy Mexico's high expectations.

In the media event ahead of the Liga MX final last month, 18-year-old Diego Lainez sat on a stool by the pitch inside Estadio Azteca and fielded questions for more than 30 minutes. The youngster, already a household name in Mexico, was one of the most sought-after players.

"How do you deal with all the speculation about European clubs being interested and the pressure of playing a final inside Estadio Azteca?" Lainez was asked.

"I enjoy myself," replied Lainez, looking to the side and seeming...

Alexis Vega, Marcel Ruiz top list of youngsters who could debut for Mexico in 2019

Chivas' Alexis Vega, 21, looks to be next in line for Mexico at striker, a position that the national team is desperate for depth in.
Chivas' Alexis Vega, 21, looks to be next in line for Mexico at striker, a position at which the national team is desperate for depth.

Mexico's national team is one of the busiest in the world. With a place in at least one major international tournament every summer since 2009 --- and a number of friendlies and World Cup qualifiers mixed in as well --- there is rarely a lack of matches scheduled for El Tri. The year 2019 will be no different as the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the CONCACAF Nations League and a handful of friendlies will keep Mexico occupied during the next several months.

Keeping in mind that the recently hired Gerardo...

Gerardo Martino's blend of international experience and small-town roots perfect for Mexico

Even with his extensive managerial resume, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno is unsure Tata Martino will be able to satisfy Mexico's high expectations.

ROSARIO, Argentina -- Draw a circle with a circumference of just a few blocks around the Jorge Cura neighborhood on the south side of Argentine city Rosario and you'll encompass most of the really important things in Gerardo "Tata" Martino's life. For a figure with a profile as international as the new Mexico coach and for someone who has worked outside of Argentina for the vast majority of the last 15 years, the 56-year-old remains inextricably linked and grounded to his barrio in Rosario.

Martino's...

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino hire as close to 'ideal' as it gets for Mexico

Even with his extensive managerial resume, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno is unsure Tata Martino will be able to satisfy Mexico's high expectations.

Gerardo "Tata" Martino would have been at the very top of the list of realistic targets to replace Juan Carlos Osorio as full-time Mexico head coach when the search began last summer. And after months of negotiations and discussions, Monday's news that the Mexican federation (FMF) confirmed a manager of Martino's calibre on a four-year contract represents a major coup.

The news is a welcome boost for El Tri after a 2018 that peaked with a 1-0 victory over Germany at Russia 2018, saw them brought...

Mexico national team: Five New Year's resolutions for El Tri in 2019

It was far from an exciting year for the Mexican men's national team in 2018. Other than a historic 1-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup, it's difficult to find real signs of progress for El Tri. With 2019 rolling around, now appears to be a good time to look ahead to the potential progress and improvements that could be made.

Here are five New Year's resolutions for the national team.

1. Transition in young talent

The good news for fans of Mexico is that it's easy to create a long list of...