MEXICO CITY – Elias Hernandez is a CONCACAF Gold Cup champion.
During Mexico’s run to the 2011 crown, he appeared in one game, entering as a 66th-minute substitute for Andres Guardado in a 5-0 win over Cuba.
The 29-year-old Leon attacker is on the Tricolor’s preliminary roster for 2017 edition. Although he’s looking forward to lifting the trophy once again, he knows – despite the fact another unit is in Russia for the FIFA Confederations Cup – that earning a spot in the squad will be difficult.
"Obviously, there are many players, a lot quality,” said Hernandez. “We are aware that it (playing in the Gold Cup) is a very valuable opportunity for everybody and we want to take advantage of it. We know for what we are playing.
“Those who are in Confederations [Cup], of course, want to win there. Those of us here for the Gold Cup we want to show ourselves, get something important. We hope things go well and add. There are players with quality who could contribute important things.”
Since making his international debut in 2010, Hernandez has earned 15 caps, scoring once goal against Colombia that same year. During the 2016/17 Liga MX campaign, he netted seven times in 33 games.
Although Mexico plans to use two different sides for the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup, the former Morelia standout doesn’t view it as being two distinct national teams.
"There is no team A and B, it is one, nothing more,” finished Hernandez. “There are simply two competitions and you have to comply with that. Both the players that are in Confederations and those here, we have the ability to play in either. We play now to be here, to contribute, to seize the opportunity and to demonstrate that we can fight for a position, to get important things personally and as a group.”