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Mexico start fresh in CONCACAF.

During last world cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014, Mexico escaped by the skin of their teeth from missing the World Cup, or more rightly put by the cleats of Graham Zusi whose goal against Panama sent Mexico into the big dance.

Before that result Mexico had not seen such bad turmoil and instability with everything surrounding El Tri. They had 3 coaches in a matter of a couple months, they lost in the famed Azteca to Honduras in qualifiers, they allowed the U.S. to tie them in el Azteca, and they lost the title “King of the CONCACAF”.

It wasn’t until Miguel Herrera took over a sinking ship and started turning it around. They put in a respectable performance in Brazi 2014 with key games that included a tie wit host Brazil, a complete victory against Croatia, and minutes away from defeating the Netherlands in Quarterfinals.

Last summer under Herrera they reached the Gold Cup final controversially but did what was in their hands and they beat Jamaica in the Gold Cup final to give themselves a chance to play the U.S. one and done playoff game for a ticket to the Confedrations Cup in Russia 2017.

That game is where we have seen the most complete Mexico team in a long time. They dominated the U.S. from start to finish and capped the night with a dramatic timeless goal from Paul Aguilar in the second overtime to seal their ticket to Confederations cup and in doing so sealing their reputation as “King of the CONCACAF”, for now.

Soon after the victory Mexico’s new head coach got named, the Colombian Ricardo Osorio. It couldn’t have come at a better time since World Cup qualifiers for 2018 start in November, and from his part, unlike his predecessors Ricardo Osorio is taking over a team flying high in resluts and confidence.

He is not being brought in to right a ship, to save a World Cup qualifying campain, or to satisfy the public outcry to hire a poplular name considering few people know much about Ricardo Osorio who coached unsuccessfully in the MLS, Liga MX, and in BRAZIL but succeeded in his homeland of Colombia with Nacional. He comes in with no pressure, a clean slate, a new start and an opportunity to succeed without any distractions.

This is convenient because the Mexican National team could say the same about their “new” beginning before this World Cup qualiying campaign, no pressure, a clean slate, a new start, Title of “King of the CONCACAF in their pocket, and a brand new coach.

Time will only tell if this World Cup qualifying campaign will treat El Tri a little different than it did last time around.

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