Coach to Mexico’s national team rumoured to leave

Juan Carlos Osorio, coach to Mexico’s national team is believed to be leaving the club amidst reports that he will turn down the opportunity to continue training with the team.

Originally from Colombia, the football coach has been in the position since 2015 as well as taking the Mexican team to the World Cup 2018, but yesterday GOAL announced he will not accept a contract extension. Although an official announcement is yet to be confirmed, the coach has shown interest in training the Colombian team and retweeted a number of stories that suggest he is heading away from Mexico.

 

Osorio’s contract with the squad expired five days ago and in return, the club had offered him total control of the Mexican football teams. Despite efforts by the Mexican football club to retain the coach, his sights appear set on either Colombia or the United States.

His career in the football world had started in the late 80s when he played for Deportivo Pereira in Colombia before going to play for Brazil. An injury led to his early retirement from competing in football but instead allowed him to begin a successful coaching and managerial career. As well as formerly managing Major League Soccer teams, New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire, he most recently was the coach for football team Once Caldas and had ties to the renowned Atletico Nacional, based in Medellin.

The Mexican national team, known as El Tri to commemorate Mexico’s tricolor flag, was seen as somewhat of an underdog yet took the recent World Cup 2018 by storm when they beat football heavyweight Germany 1-0 in their first game, closely followed by a 2-1 win over South Korea. Although they didn’t make it past Sweden and Brazil, it was the first time that Osorio had taken a team to the World Cup and alongside a stellar selection of captain Andres Guardado and star player Javier Hernandez, the team had certainly caught the attention of the world audience. It was, however, a disappointing 12th place finish.

For the past few days, Osorio has been back in Colombia, where ESPN quoted the football coach as hoping to strike a final agreement as soon as possible.

“It is no secret that my coaching the national team was a dream,’’ he said. “But just like any other Colombian coach, the possibility that I may be able to coach such a great [national] team as our own is inevitable.’’

The coach appears grateful for the opportunities the Mexican football federation has given him but at this point, it is uncertain what Osorio’s next steps will be.

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