The reconciliation between Mexico’s soccer authorities and Carlos Vela took a step closer this weekend, with new coach Victor Manuel Vucetich admitting that the Real Sociedad player is in his plans, along with Tigres’ Lucas Lobos and “others that haven’t been considered” recently.
Vucetich has been charged with saving Mexico’s World Cup qualifying campaign, with El Tri's final CONCACAF Hexagonal matches against Panama and Costa Rica slated for Oct. 11 and 15, respectively. El Tri currently finds itself in a fight just to finish in fourth place, which would mean a home-and-away playoff with Oceania champion New Zealand for a berth in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“Without doubt (Lobos) is an option, as is Carlos Vela and others that haven’t been considered,” Vucetich told a Monterrey TV station. “We’re going to look for the best players of the moment, it’s not about hierarchy.”
Vucetich went on to stress that Mexico doesn’t have as many star players as some other national teams, but that players working together can create an “outstanding” team. Vela hasn’t featured for El Tri since March 2011, while Lobos only recently received Mexican citizenship and has been reticent to openly state whether he would accept a call-up.
Vucetich also weighed in on the goalkeeper situation, indicating that Jonathan Orozco – whom he coached at Monterrey - has a shot at becoming the No. 1 with Guillermo Ochoa’s situation with the national team still unclear.
“Jonathan is a great ‘keeper, without any doubt, and he’s demonstrated that over the years, but (Jesus) Corona has also shown the same level,” Vucetich said. “I believe that they are two goalkeepers at the same level.”