The 2012 Olympics ended up being a special tournament for El Tri. Mexico beat the favorites, Brazil, on their way to their first Gold Medal. With the 2016 squad out, I think it’s a good time to see what happened to the 2012 roster.
Starters from Gold Medal Game
J.J. Corona- The captain of Mexico’s 2012 Olympic squad was nearly included in the 2016 roster. He has been a mainstay at Cruz Azul since his 2009 transfer there from Tecos. Corona has consistently found himself in Mexico callups. Look for him to battle with Ochoa and Talavera for Mexico’s #1 jersey in the upcoming WCQ cycle. Stat: Nearing 450 career games in Liga MX.
Carlos Salcido- The summer of 2012 saw Carlos permanently move back to Liga MX after stints in Holland and England. He retired from the national team in 2014, deciding to focus on his club career. Now at Chivas, Salcido has said he expects to retire there. Stat: Won the Eredivisie twice with PSV
Hiram Mier- Has been struck with a couple long term injuries in his career that have held back his development at Monterrey. Still considered a good Liga MX centerback but has only played for the national team a few times since 2014. Stat: Captained Mexico during the 2012 Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Diego Reyes - His strong performances for Mexico & Club America led to a transfer to Portuguese giants, Porto. Diego struggled for playing time in his first 2 seasons but a great loan spell with Real Sociedad has him in the mix for playing time with Porto. Stat: 4th highest rated centerback in La Liga last year, per WhoScored.
Israel Jimenez- Finds himself down in the depth chart for El Tri but is a constant starter at RB for a strong Tigres squad. With Mexico still thin at right back, expect Jimenez to get future chances with El Tri. Stat: Over 150 Liga MX games
Darvin Chavez - Currently on loan at Veracruz from Monterrey. Chavez has not made a senior team appearance since 2011. Don’t look for him to make another in a full roster game. Stat: Has 1 career goal, in 2012
Marco Fabian - Finally made his long expected move to Europe in December 2015 from Chivas. His new squad, Eintrach Frankfurt, barely avoided relegation but he is staying there for the upcoming season. His national team career is still going strong and expect JCO to call him up if he gets Bundesliga minutes. Stat: over 50 career goals with Chivas
Javier Aquino - Made the move to Europe in January 2013, signing with (then) 2nd division Villarreal. Helped earn promotion to La Liga with Villarreal and played 2 more seasons in Europe before a move back to Tigres. Aquino is coming off a great season and has not closed the idea of going back abroad. Stat: career high 7 goals last season
Hector Herrera - Treated the Summer of 2012 as his coming out party and put himself on the radar for European clubs. Made the move to Porto the following Summer and has flourished. El Zorillo will be a mainstay for El Tri for years to come. Stat: Named the 2014-2015 Player of the Year for Porto
Jorge Enriquez - His career has gone the opposite way of Herrera since the London Olympics. He cannot seem to stay healthy or in any type of form. He is currently in Liga Ascenso with Coras, trying to put his career back together. Stat: Won Bronze Ball in 2011 U20 World Cup
Oribe Peralta - El Hermoso will be counted again in 2016 to lead the line and bring life to an attack that sorely needs it. He provided a brace in the Gold Medal game in 2012 after Gio missed the final due to injury. He is now with Club America where he continues to play well in Liga MX. His national team career is nearing an end but the 32yr old still has some goals left. Stat: Per Nayib Moran, Oribe has 154 goals for club & country since 2010.
Miguel Ponce - Another who has developed into a steady Liga MX player. Ponce is a fringe national team player who has not been called up since the World Cup. Stat: Only 1 straight red card in nearly 200 competitive games
Nestor Vidrio - The once Levante target never made the move abroad. Transferred to Chivas in 2013 but was part of a defensive unit that allowed nearly 2 goals per game. He is currently at Juarez in Mexico’s 2nd division. Stat: Has no appearances for the Senior National team.
Raul Jimenez - Recently became the most expensive Mexican player ever. Raul is now at Benfica after coming to Europe to play for Atletico Madrid. He became a key player for Benfica late in the season, scoring several key goals off the bench. Stat: Averaged 1 G+A every 99 minutes last season
Javier Cortes - Still at Pumas where he has been getting plenty of playing time since his breakthrough as a 21yr old in 2010. The national team has not been so generous with playing time and Javier has not played for El Tri since 2013. Stat: 29 career goals with Pumas
Gio Dos Santos - Finally left Tottenham shortly after the Olympics and signed with Mallorca in La Liga. He started to fulfill on his promise there and in Villarreal. He made the big money move to the LA Galaxy in MLS. His national team career is up in the air after he “refused” to play for Mexico in the Copa America. Stat: Scored a Champions League goal as an 18yr old for Barcelona
Nestor Araujo - Nestor did not see a single minute of action in London. He has gone on to develop into a good CB whom JCO said he trusts very much. With Mexico needing depth at CB, Araujo should be a lock for future callups. Stat: Scored only international goal for Mexico as 19yr in 2011 Copa America against Chile, his debut
Antonio Rodriguez - Another player who did not see a single minute of playing time in London. His career at Chivas has been stunted recently with a lack of playing time. He has been confined to spot starts and Copa MX games. Stat: Started all 4 games for Mexico at 2009 U17 World Cup
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