Mexico international Guillermo Ochoa said he did all he could in order to gain a starting spot in South Africa.Guillermo Ochoa was supposed to have been a key part of Mexico's 2010 World Cup team. After all, he was in goal for much of Mexico's resurgence in World Cup qualifying and helped El Tri capture the Gold Cup in 2009 and all signs pointed to him guiding Mexico in South Africa.
Instead, Ochoa lost out to 37-year-old Oscar Perez and took in Mexico's four World Cup games from the bench. In one of Javier Aguirre's most criticized decisions, Perez started all four of Mexico's World Cup 2010 games as Ochoa sat.
Ochoa said he was okay with the choice simply because he did all he could have to gain a spot in the Starting XI.
"It was not my decision, so I'm fine," Ochoa told reporters Monday. "I know I gave everything I had in order to play and it wasn't meant for me. I supported the team 100 percent, through the good times and the bad, always tried to form a good team, a solid group and hoping for the best for the national team, which is the most important thing."
Ochoa is a two-time World Cup veteran, though he has yet to play a minute in the tournament. But Ochoa said he has not exactly given up on representing Mexico in future World Cups.
"My career is still young. I have a lot of years ahead of me and everything is an opportunity for growth," he said. "Let's keep looking for challenges and continue to achieve my goals and my dreams. Right now it's time to think about America but I am also thinking about the national team. This World Cup is over and in my head Brazil is forthcoming."
The only thing Ochoa can do to guarantee his permanency with El Tri and to put himself in a position to start is simply to continue working hard in every training session.
"I'm going to work just like I have been doing since I started playing with America," Ochoa said. "This is an everyday thing and I have to work like I did when I debuted, with the same dreams of wanting to play for the national team, of being a starter with America, to continue that way. There are always things to be learned and I have a lot of years left."