Jesus Corona (diving) is hoping to be Mexico's starting goalkeeper in the 2015 Copa America. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAO PAULO, Brazil – Mexico’s 2-0 loss in its final pre-Copa America match at Brazil on Sunday has led to a debate about the Tricolor’s starting goalkeeper for Chile 2015.
The main protagonists -- Alfredo Talavera and Jesus Corona – are both in position to make a claim on the first-choice custodian role.
Toluca’s Talavera, who went the entire way against Peru in a 1-1 draw on June 3, has made 17 international appearances and played in five matches as Mexico won the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
The 37-time capped Corona was in the nets for the Brazil setback, but assumed a key role in Mexico’s run to gold in the 2012 Olympic Games. He has also played in 12 World Cup qualifiers and three FIFA Club World Cup games with Cruz Azul.
Despite the uncertainty, Corona believes it is important that both he and Talavera continue to work hard.
“Yes, there are moments in which you do not know for certain if you are going to start or not, but we know that it is in us to work and leave the decision to the coach,” said the 34-year-old. “It is a great dream.”
That dream, though, can only have a happy ending for one of the two as Mexico’s Copa America opener on June 12 against Bolivia approaches quickly. Regardless, now is not the time for either netminder to slow down.
“We have worked well, very hard day after day and we hope [the starting position] can be given to us,” Corona remarked. “I imagine that [head coach] Miguel [Herrera] has his starting eleven in mind with which he should be working intensely during these days, before the start, and I think that in practice we can do things better.”
Luis Michel was Mexico’s goalkeeper in the 2011 Copa America, where the Tricolor conceded four goals in three matches using a mostly under-23 squad.