As Miguel Herrera met with the media after Mexico training at UCLA on Tuesday, much of the focus was on his goalkeeping situation.
Since the World Cup, neither first-choice goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa or Jesus Corona have enjoyed success at the club or international level, and many were wondering what Herrera’s plans were going forward. With Mexico scheduled to take on Ecuador and Paraguay this week in international friendlies, Herrera hopes to get a look at both to make a decision on the future.
But those two aren’t the only ones in the picture.
With 26-year-old Aguascalientes-born goalkeeper William Yarbrough called into the United States squad for this international break, Herrera acknowledged they have been looking into the Leon starter as well.
“He’s a good goalkeeper,” Herrera said of Yarbrough. “I hope he does well [with the United States]. We’ll keep following him.”
There are plenty of goalkeepers in the mix for Herrera to pick from. In addition to the two presumed frontrunners in Ochoa and Corona – the only two on the roster for the March friendlies who will split time – there is young 19-year-old Guadalajara youth product Raul Gudino making waves on loan at Porto B, as well as longtime Monterrey first choice Jonathan Orozco, Toluca starter Alfredo Talavera, and a few others.
Herrera also said Ochoa has lost his guaranteed starting spot given his loss of playing time with Malaga. Since moving to Spain over the summer, the 29-year-old hasn’t made a single league start for the club, with Cameroon international Carlos Kameni holding down the spot.