Mexico’s head coach Miguel Herrera signs new four-year deal to lead El Tri


Fans of the Mexican national team, get ready for more outrageous celebrations and pint-sized antics on the sidelines.

Miguel Herrera has signed a new four-year deal with Mexico.

On Wednesday Herrera, 46, told reporters that he has extended his deal to run through the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The extension comes as no real surprise as Mexico impressed everyone at the 2014 World Cup, reaching the last 16 and losing narrowly to the Netherlands (who went on to finish third) in overtime after several pulsating performances from Herrera’s men.

The man known as “Piojo”, which translates to louse in English, has became a cult hero in his homeland after taking over the national team in March 2013 — becoming the fourth coach in a crazy two-month spell for the Mexican Football Federation — and leading them to World Cup qualification.

So, Herrera seems likely to be with us for quite some time and with his young squad excelling at the World Cup, plus impressing with Carlos Vela back on board in a recent friendly win over the Netherlands, expect Mexico to push the USA all the way for the 2015 Gold Cup and put on a good showing in the 2016 Copa America too. The U.S. national teams’ biggest rivals are in good shape with Herrera at the helm.

Note: If you enjoyed Herrera’s World Cup antics as much as I did (come on, who didn’t?) then look no further than the video below. Legend.