The Americans currently are second behind Trinidad and Tobago in Group C semifinals with two matches remaining. The top two teams advance to the six-nation finals, from which three teams automatically make the field for the World Cup in Russia.
Mexico is the only CONCACAF country to have clinched a spot in the regional finals. If the Americans win Group C, they will host their archrival to begin the final round.
Pachuca’s vice-president Andre Fassi has previously told ESPN that they’ve been in talks with United after their chief scout Jim Lawlor has been in Mexico watching Lozano and his teammates Erick Gutierrez and Rodolfo Pizarro closely.
Jose Mourinho has already made two signings with Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving, plus Borussia Dortmund have confirmed there’s an agreement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to join United.
Nicknamed “Chucky” in Mexico, Lozano has burst onto the scene over the past 12 months as he now has seven caps and one goal to his name with the Mexican national team. With Pachuca he scored 12 times in 40 Liga MX appearances in 2016 and he can operate on the left, cutting in on his favored right foot.
He possesses wing-wizadry and an incredible ability to ghost past defenders with the ball at his feet, while the strikes below aren’t bad either…
Sounds like Lozano will follow in the footsteps of El Tri teammate Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in switching Liga MX for Old Trafford.
Even with that, Osorio’s probably won’t have a job when the sun comes up on Sunday after Mexico were beaten, dismantled and embarrassed by Chile, to the tune of 7-0, Saturday night in the fourth and final quarterfinal of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
Chile jumped all over Mexico from the opening whistle, pressing high up the field and launching quick counter-attacks with little resistance. The early onslaught paid off in the 16th minute, when Marcelo Diaz fired a shot from outside of the box, saved by Guillermo Ochoa, but spilled into the path of Edson Puch, who calmly slotted home the rebound for a 1-0 Chile lead.
It went from bad to worse for Mexico with the halftime reprieve within reach. Eduardo Vargas had already been denied a goal by the offside rule nine minutes earlier, but the Hoffenheim striker was far more fortunate the second time around. Alexis Sanchez worked a half-yard of space down the left flank and picked out Vargas at the penalty spot, where his first touch put him all alone in the six-yard box for an easy finish.
The bad news for Chile in the first half: Arturo Vidal was shown his second yellow card of the tournament (cautions reset after the quarterfinals), which means he’ll miss La Roja‘s semifinal clash with Colombia.
The second half began just like the first half ended: badly for Mexico, and with Chile scoring. Alexis Sanchez finished for 3-0 after Arturo Vidal won the ball deep in Mexico’s defensive third and played the Arsenal attacked into all kinds of space near the penalty spot. Then, Chile scored a fourth, somehow easier than the goal that came four minutes before it.
Vargas had never scored an international hat trick before Saturday night, meaning he’d never scored four goals in an international game before. Check it off the list. Chile continued to chase the game, and Puch bagged his second of the night in the 88th minute, completing an exhausting night of scoring.
Here we go! Belgium’s opener was a struggle for the favored Red Devils, who were slugged in the stomach by Italy. Now they face a stubborn Republic of Ireland side still ornery from a conceding an own goal in a 1-1 draw with Sweden.
These two nascent sides, relatively speaking, will have been buoyed by opening day surprises. Hungary beat group favorites Austria, while Iceland managed to keep Cristiano Ronaldo off the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw with Portugal. A win would do a lot for either side, though Hungary might just settle for a draw.
Two sides shook by opening day know a bounce back has to come in Paris, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal look to shrug off that shook feeling and scoop up three points against Austria, a side shocked by Hungary on opening day after cruising through qualifying.
Ten goals from eight scorers is a pretty good record. When Lionel Messi is one of those scorers, life is extra good. That’s what Argentina brings to the field in the quarters, and La Albiceleste will be heavy favorites against a Venezuela side which has managed two goals just twice dating back to last summer’s Copa America.
Mexico’s reward for more or less cruising to the Group C title? A match-up with the reigning champions in the quarterfinal. After a slow start, Chile looked clinical in attack during a 4-2 win over Panama which includes braces for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas of 1899 Hoffenheim. Will CONCACAF only have one semifinalist?