Ochoa Era Begins With Shutout Victory

Guillermo Ochoa may have slammed the door on Oswaldo Sanchez's international career with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Saturday. Ochoa may pick up yet another start in Honduras on Wednesday.
Before Saturday’s game, one of the biggest questions being asked was whether Oswaldo Sanchez or Guillermo Ochoa would start the game. Mexico manager Sven-Goran Eriksson went with popular opinion and picked Ochoa to start.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper did not disappoint.

Ochoa made his Hexagonal debut and made it in spectacular fashion. The America goalkeeper saved three shots and intervened in 15 plays. In the end Mexico won 2-0 and Ochoa picked up the shutout.

“You come in working, and looking for the opportunity and I am happy to start. The important thing is that we won and that we got all three points,” said Ochoa.

Ochoa also gave credit to his defense which was superb. The goalkeeper mentioned that it was important to keep the Ticos at zero, not only for him but for his defenders.

“It's important to keep a clean sheet not only for me but for the whole team as well especially the defenders who were poised and well organized," he said. "You can’t make a mistake against a rival like this who is ready to pounce at any error that we made.”

During some of Ochoa’s saves, in the distance teammate Oswaldo Sanchez cheered for the young goalkeeper. Although they were in a battle to see who would start the game Sanchez recognized that “Memo” and him remain very good friends.

“I don’t have any problem with “Memo”, he is my friend and I get along with him real well. In fact I am really happy because “Memo” got to fulfill a dream of his which was to start for Mexico in a World Cup qualifying game,” mentioned Sanchez.

This is just the start for the America goalkeeper. He has been making big steps in his career. He is playing for one of the most important clubs in Mexico and has made it to the international level. But there is another goal that Ochoa wants to accomplish.

“You always have dreams,” Ochoa said. “ There are also goals, and my goal is to get to the World Cup but for that we need to take things on step at a time.”

Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com