This weekend, there was just as much action off the field as there was on the field for Mexicans abroad.
Jesus “Tecatito” Corona scored one of the best goals of the weekend, while Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is nearing a move to MLS.
Chicharito, who is currently at Sevilla, is reportedly meeting with LA Galaxy officials on Monday to negotiate a new contract. The Spanish club have approved a near $10-million bid, a franchise-record for the MLS side.
Here is a list of several other Mexico national team affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) outside of Mexico this weekend.
Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers — Jimenez had a rare off-game against Newcastle United on Saturday. The forward played all 90 minutes but only registered a shot on target.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Sevilla — Chicharito played the final 12 minutes in Sevilla’s friendly 5-0 win over Escobedo on Sunday. It might have been his final game in Europe, as the 31-year-old striker is set to finalize a move to LA Galaxy soon.
Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid — Herrera started and played 53 minutes in Los Colchoneros’ Spanish Super Cup final loss to city rivals Real Madrid.
Andres Guardado, Real Betis — Guardado took the field in the 77th minute for compatriot Diego Lainez in Real Betis’ 3-0 win win over Cub Portugalete on Saturday.
Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old started and played 77 minutes in Betis’ win, recording two key passes and one shot on target.
Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo started and played 82 minutes in Celta’s 4-1 win over Merida in Copa del Rey play. The defender recorded one blocked shot and three interceptions.
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli — Lozano is visible not positioned highly in Gennaro Gattuso pecking order. The 24-year-old struggles to get playing time under the Italian. On Saturday, he played a minute in Napoli’s loss to Lazio.
Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Many may not be speaking about it, but Tecatito is having himself a solid season in Porto. The frenetic, crafty winger scored this beauty over the weekend:
¡QUÉ GOLAZO DEL TECATITO CORONA! 🇲🇽⚽
El Porto está ganando y el mexicano hizo el cuarto de los dragones ante el Moreirense. El festejo es una joya 😅pic.twitter.com/MsbZv1LBFa
— MedioTiempo (@mediotiempo) January 10, 2020
Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven — Gutierrez played the final 45 minutes in PSV’s friendly on Saturday.
Edson Alvarez, Ajax — Alvarez played the final 23 minutes in Ajax’s friendly on Saturday.
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Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea played the final 45 minutes in Zulte’s friendly on Friday.
Elsewhere around the globe:
Pedro Arce, Panionios – Panionios were inactive over the weekend.
Gerardo Ramirez Alonso, Roda JC – Ramirez Alonso didn’t feature for Roda JC on Sunday.