Gutierrez, Lozano, Chicharito & Other Mexico Stars In Europe

Given their impressive development under Tata Martino and the United States’ struggles with Gregg Berhalter, the reigning Concacaf champions look to have a firm grip on the top spot in the region for the foreseeable future. They continue to groom young players and have used the Nations League as a chance to integrate domestic talents with a solid group plying their trade across the pond. 

It’s time to catch up on how some of Mexico’s top talents and their respective clubs are faring in Europe so far in the 2019-20 season.

Jesus 'Tecatito' Corona | Porto

Tecatito has been a mainstay in the Portuguese outfit’s lineup all season as they sit in second on the table. He’s notched a respectable three assists so far, with his latest coming in a 3-0 win over Famalicão on October 27. His club performances and patched up relations with Tata Martino bode well for his future with the national team.

Héctor Herrera | Atlético Madrid

The veteran midfielder made a big jump over the summer from Porto and has found it more difficult to secure playing time in Spain. It appeared as if his big moment – a game-tying goal against Juventus in the Champions League – could lead to a sizable boost in minutes after failing to find the pitch for the first month, but he’s seen limited minutes ever since. He did, however, start and play 60 minutes in their most recent draw with Alavés.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez | Sevilla

Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer has had a bit of an underwhelming start in his second stint in Spain. He made his third consecutive start on Wednesday in a 1-1 draw with Valencia and played 85 minutes before making way for Munir El Haddadi. His first league goal – his second for the club after his Europa League screamer in September – came over the weekend in a 2-0 win over Getafe, which could give him a much-needed spark in the coming weeks.

Erick Gutierrez | PSV Eindhoven

Ajax are once again the class of the league so far this season, but PSV aren’t too far behind in third position. Gutierrez has played a significant role in their midfield with eight starts in 11 matches, and he will need to push the team along after they’ve been shutout twice in a row by scores of 3-0 and 4-0.

Raúl Jiménez | Wolverhampton Wanderers

The striker hasn’t had quite the start to league play he may have wanted with three goals in 10 matches after a brilliant 2018-19 season. With seven goals in nine appearances, it’s been continental play — Europa Qualifiers and Group Stage — where he has really found his scoring touch. He has a proven record of scoring against England’s biggest clubs, so Arsenal better beware at the weekend.

Nestor Araújo | Celta Vigo

The 28-year-old defender has the spotlight on him in the wake of his horrific display in Mexico’s 4-0 loss to Argentina. Head coach Tata Martino elected to call him back into the squad for El Tri’s games against Bermuda and Panama – likely to help him regain his footing – and he has started nine of Cetla Vigo’s 11 leagues matches. Their season needs to improve in a hurry, as they sit in 18th position with just nine points.

Andres Guardado | Real Betis

El Capitan has started in the majority of his side’s games thus far. He captained Betis and played the duration over the weekend in their loss to Granada, before coming on as a substitute in the team’s bounce-back win over Celta Vigo. The 2-1 result pushes them just above the relegation zone into 16th.

Hirving 'Chucky' Lozano | Napoli

One goal in six appearances all competitions.

Let’s just say Lozano has had a rather disappointing start to life in southern Italy, especially in light of his record-transfer fee. His struggles continued in Napoli’s midweek draw with Atalanta, which saw the Partenopei fall into sixth place in the standings.

Roma Defender Chris Smalling Has Been Stellar In Italy

As if he’d not made enough of an impression since joining AS Roma on loan from Manchester United in the summer, defender Chris Smalling really stood out as an exceptional talent on the week of his 30th birthday. 

Hofstra Coach Simon Riddiough Doesn't Need The Power 5 To Define Success

By Jerry Beach

Simon Riddiough, the head coach of the Hofstra women’s soccer team, spent about two minutes of a 21-minute interview Tuesday afternoon discussing why he’s content at the Long Island school and not planning to see if he can replicate his success with a higher-profile Power Five school that would offer the resources and opportunities to make a deep NCAA Tournament run that are generally lacking in the mid-major arena.

Carlo Ancelotti, Aurelio De Laurentiis & Napoli Are In Complete Chaos

It’s hard to believe that only as far back as April 22, 2018, Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 in Turin to move top of the table with only four games remaining. Maurizio Sarri — himself now in charge at Juve — had broken the club record points total in each of the previous two campaigns, and would do so again in 2017-18, but the Naples men ultimately finished second, albeit with yet another unseen total of 91 points.

Canada Has An Opportunity To Prove Their Standing On Friday Against USMNT

This is the moment of truth for Canada's men's national team. 

Concacaf Nations League Returns For Final Group State In November

After nearly a month of waiting for the Concacaf Nations League to kick back into gear, the tournament is finally back this week with the final two matchdays in group play. 

Seattle Sounders & Toronto FC Clash With The MLS Cup On The Line

Just over a week after the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC went on the road and upset the favorites, MLS Cup 2019 is on the horizon as the 24th season in league history comes to a close. CenturyLink Field in Seattle will be the epicenter on Sunday at 3 PM when the two sides face off in the MLS Cup final for the third time in the past four years. 

Paulo Fonseca & The Unlikely Resurgence Of AS Roma In Serie A

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Potential USMNT Contributors From The Nations League Pre-Camp

November 15 could be a day of reckoning for Gregg Berhalter and the United States men's national team. After last month's 2-0 defeat to Canada — the first loss to their neighbors in 35 years — Berhalter needs a win in Orlando to help rectify the USA's position in the first-ever Concacaf Nations League. Anything other than a win would mean that Canada will advance to the semifinals, a shocking result for the U.S.

10 Things In Italy: Mario Balotelli, de Ligt Handballs & Conte's Inter

With the action in Italy heating up both on and off the field, it’s time to get you caught up with what’s been happening in the world of Serie A and, as always, “10 Things” is here to bring you right up to date.

Concaclusions, Ep. 9: Pulisic Strikes Again, Jiménez Haunts Arsenal

Another round of club play is in the books, and several of the region’s top players were in the headlines once again through clutch goals, quality performances, and even uncharacteristic errors.