Mexico Bring In Enrique Meza, Efrain Flores As Interim Coaches

Enrique Meza will guide Mexico in an Aug. 11 friendly against World Cup champions Spain while former Chivas coach Efrain Flores will take charge for the remainder of 2010.
The Mexican national team will have a manager on the sidelines for Spain after all, but it won't be a full-time coach.

Enrique Meza was named interim coach and will guide El Tri against La Furia Roja at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 11. Meanwhile, Efrain Flores will pick up the slack for the remainder of the year.

Meza had one of the worst tenures of any Mexican coach in the last two decades and helpeed bring about the first Javier Aguirre era. Under Meza, Mexico lost qualifying matches to the United States, Honduras and Costa Rica - the latter of which was in Azteca. Aguirre rescued the squad, however, as Meza was no longer manager after a 3-1 setback in Honduras.

Since then, Meza has been successful at the club level. He guided Pachuca to domestic and international titles and helped los Tuzos win the 2006 Copa Sudamericana, the only South American trophy a Mexican club has won to date. Meza led Cruz Azul to the Apertura 2009 final.

Flores, meanwhile, has some connections to the Mexican Football Federation. Flores worked with FMF executive Nestor De La Torre with Chivas. Aside from Chivas, Flores has coached Atlas and Leon.

Mexico will play Chile in Guadalajara on Sept. 4 and Colombia in Monterrey on Sept. 7. as well as another match against Uruguay in Ciudad Juarez.