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Stern tests ahead for Mexico

 By Eric Gomez

Five Mexico internationals primed to leave Europe for MLS switch

The FC crew discuss Carlos Vela's performances early on at LAFC and whether he can make the case for a spot on Mexico's World Cup squad.

MEXICO CITY -- For more than two decades now, Mexico fans have gotten used to some of their best players setting up shop in Major League Soccer. The duality of this situation has meant simultaneous pain and joy. For every family rejoicing in Chicago over Cuauhtemoc Blanco or Jorge Campos joining the squad, there was distress in Coyoacan.

In the past, however, the prevailing theme had been El Tri legends making their move to MLS well beyond their prime. It is a different story now.

The signing...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Giovani dos Santos voted most overrated in poll of MLS players

Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez express shock at some of the responses for most overrated and underrated player on ESPN FC's anonymous MLS player survey during the latest Max & Herc Podcast.
The FC crew reflect on the anonymous responses to ESPN FC's annual MLS player survey, which includes questions about VAR, promotion/relegation, the U.S. missing the World Cup and more.
From Josef Martinez's hat trick to Chris Wondolowski closing the gap on Landon Donovan's record, relive all the goals from the third round of MLS action.

LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos is the most overrated player in Major League Soccer, while Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti is the most underrated, a poll of their peers found.

On condition of anonymity, ESPN asked 104 current MLS players during the preseason who they believed were the league's most overrated and underrated players, among a series of other questions on the state of the league.

Most overrated

Dos Santos, entering his fourth season in MLS, received 11 percent of...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico face stern tests as World Cup preparation enters final stage

Osorio's spent a lot of time in Europe trying to get ready for this World Cup.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was again interrogated about his future on the eve of El Tri's meet-up ahead of friendlies against Iceland (Mar. 23) in Santa Clara, Calif. and Croatia (Mar. 27) in Dallas, Tex.

"I've never said that I don't want to continue with Mexico," said Osorio in an interview with Grupo Imagen on Sunday night. "On the contrary, my first response has always been that hopefully we have a good World Cup and the coaching staff deserves to continue, because if it isn't a good...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

World Cup squads: Who is on the plane to Russia, and who is in limbo?

Tite insists Brazil won't rush Neymar back for the World Cup.
Tite insists Brazil won't rush Neymar back for the World Cup.
Tite insists Brazil won't rush Neymar back for the World Cup.

The international break gives countries a chance for another look at their squads, with the World Cup looming. 

ESPN FC has correspondents for each team at the World Cup, and they've assessed the state of play in the country they're covering.

Here's a look at who has booked their tickets for the plane to Russia (assured of a place in their World Cup squad), who is in the departures lounge (could make it, could miss out) and who is stuck in traffic (likely to miss out) as the race to reach the...

U.S.-led World Cup bid getting 'no backlash' over Trump policies - Cordeiro

FIFA president Gianni Infantino outlines the tasks facing newly-elected president of U.S. soccer Carlos Cordeiro.

United Bid Committee co-chair Carlos Cordeiro said that the joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. to win the hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup has received "no backlash" from prospective voters about policies and statements from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Cordeiro joined fellow co-chairs Steven Reed of Canada and Decio de Maria from Mexico on a conference call from Kuala Lumpur, where they were meeting with members of the Asian Football Confederation.

The three...