MLS should be targeting these five Mexican national team stars

Can the lure of the U.S. help bring these standouts back from Europe?

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

There are plenty of top Mexican players who can make impacts on and off the field in the United States, but if Major League Soccer wants to get the most bang for its buck, it should be eyeing a few standout options.

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Well aware of the massive benefits of incorporating a Mexican idol, the league has regularly pursued El Tri players who effortlessly bring in an enticing amount of attention and fans, dating back to Jorge Campos and Luis Hernandez. In a country in which Liga MX dominates television ratings, one way for MLS to grab the attention of that audience is to continue adding Mexican stars.

Now, with seasons gradually drawing to a close abroad, MLS will need to once again persuade noteworthy members of El Tri. Though Carlos Vela is reportedly one of the leading candidates, the league should also seek to follow a few other names.

Here are five that MLS should be aiming for:

5. Guillermo Ochoa

Despite his less-than-exciting tournament on loan with La Liga’s Granada, Ochoa is still a world-class goalkeeper and a key player for the national team.

The 31-year-old’s contract is due to end this summer with Malaga, and keeping in mind that the roster already has an impressive name such as Carlos Kameni in net, Ochoa will need to consider other options.

MLS needs to pounce on this opportunity.

The veteran has at least a few years left of high-level playing in him and is a fan-favorite of many Mexican national team supporters. Although Granada has had a disappointing season, the goalkeeper has been brilliant in numerous matches over the past several months. Ochoa is arguably one of the best players at the club and is currently La Liga’s leader in saves.

Regardless of his appeal to the Mexican fanbase, the goalkeeper’s reflexes are first-rate and worth the investment for any MLS team. With an end to his contract in late June, the league must consider Ochoa as one of its top targets this summer.

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