Return of Vela, Ochoa to El Tri “probable”

The two erstwhile El Tri players could be ready to bury the hatchet and return to the national team.
Director of national teams at the Mexican soccer federation (FMF) Hector Gonzalez Inarritu has spoken to Carlos Vela and Guillermo Ochoa about a possible return to Mexico’s national team and talks seem to be on the right path.

“I spoke with the players, they were happy,” Gonzalez Inarritu told TVC Deportes on Wednesday, adding that he found the duo in a good frame of mind about El Tri.

Mexico coach Victor Manuel Vucetich himself told the same outlet that it is “probable” Vela and Ochoa will join the squad in Mexico City on Oct. 6 ahead of the Oct. 11 World Cup qualifier against Panama.

Ochoa’s agent Jorge Berlanga acknowledged the contact between the FMF and the goalkeeper on Wednesday, but outright denied that his player had demanded to be the starting goalkeeper under Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre.

The ongoing saga of whether Vela and Ochoa will be involved in the Panama and Costa Rica games that will define Mexico’s World Cup fate will come to at least a temporary conclusion this week, with national teams having to advise clubs of call-ups at least 15 days before an international meetup.