SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 29: Guillermo Ochoa #1 of Mexico throws the ball during the game against Venezuela at Qualcomm Stadium on March 29, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)
After last night´s 1-1 draw between Mexico and Venezuela in San Diego there was no doubting who the villain of the piece was according to the Mexican press: Guillermo ´Memo´Ochoa.
"What happened to that ´keeper that looked set to become a legend of the Tri?" reads the byline on the front page of Record. "Last night Ochoa again failed and his place in the national team is questionable. The question is if one day he will return."
It´s not the kind of statement you expect from a goalkeeper who was on the brink of a move to the Premier League in January and whose team-mate, Javier ´Chicharito´ Hernandez, was recommending to Sir Alex Ferguson as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar.
Perhaps it is all a little harsh on 25-year-old Ochoa who made his club debut in 2004. Always popular with both the fans and the marketing men, that now seems to be on the wane.
Ochoa is still a trending topic on Twitter today, with most Tweets slating the Guadalajara-born ´keeper.
Take a look at the video below and make your own mind up. My opinion, for what it is worth, is that Ochoa wasn´t completely at blame for the goal but that the America player´s biggest problem is that other Mexican goalkeepers (Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera and Jonathan Orozco) have developed into extremely viable alternatives.
The players and national team boss Jose Manuel ´Chepo´de la Torre have said that the goal wasn´t the goalie´s fault and Chepo said the press have it in for Ochoa.