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El Tri Hot List: Carlos Salcedo pushing hard for a call-up, Jimenez on the slide

One Nacion's Leon Lecanda details Club America's win over Pumas in Ricardo La Volpe's first match in charge.
Carlos Salcedo
Carlos Salcedo has quickly established himself as a starter for Fiorentina in the Serie A.

On Oct. 8 and 11, the Mexican national team will take part in two international friendlies against New Zealand and Panama, respectively.

With World Cup qualifying games just around the corner in November, El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio might consider testing out a few fringe options in his upcoming roster for the October friendlies.

Keeping this in mind, let's take a look at some of the recent best and worst performances from some of the more noteworthy names in Mexican soccer.

Warming up


Hat trick hero Javier Hernandez on fire for Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga

Javier Hernandez hit home a late winner to complete his hat trick in Leverkusen's 3-2 win over Mainz.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez was on fire for Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

After a last-gasp goal that clinched a 3-2 away win against Mainz, the Mexican striker walked away with the match ball with an impressive tally of three goals for Leverkusen. The hat trick for Hernandez was his second since joining the Bundesliga club last summer.

Following a fracture to his right hand last month which forced him to miss the season opener against Borussia Monchengladbach on Aug. 27, Chicharito has bounced...

 By Tom Marshall

Ricardo La Volpe confirmed as new coach of Club America

One Nacion's Tom Marshall and Cristina Alexander recap Tigres' narrow 1-0 win over Chivas.
Ricardo La Volpe coached Chiapas last season.

Former Mexico national team manager Ricardo La Volpe is the new head coach of Club America.

The Liga MX giants announced the deal on Thursday and said he would be in charge for Saturady's home game against Mexico City rival Pumas.

The 64-year-old coach, who led Chiapas last season, signed a contract until the end of the Clausura 2017 season and will challenge on three fronts -- Liga MX, Copa MX and Club World Cup -- between now and the end of the year.

"It's flattering," said La Volpe in an...

Mexico Hot List: Jonathan dos Santos, Marco Fabian making late Mexico push

ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe discusses Juan Carlos Osorio's future ahead of his meeting with the Mexican federation on Wednesday.
One Nacion's Tom Marshall and John Sutcliffe recap Mexico's disappointing draw with Honduras.
Two stunning goals from Alexandre Pato and Jonathan Dos Santos respectively steered Villarreal to a 2-1 win over FC Zürich in the Europa League.

Before the final World Cup qualifying round (The Hexagonal) begins in November, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio will have two friendlies in early October to prepare for the matches. Although the opponents, New Zealand and Panama, aren't the most intimidating rivals, Osorio will surely test out several key and fringe players who are still fighting for a starting role on El Tri's roster. With only 18 days left until the first friendly against New Zealand on October 8th in Nashville, let's take a...

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United States to host Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, to open Hex

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer breaks down all the latest news of American footballers abroad, with Christian Pulisic headlining.

The United States will host Mexico in November's World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

The Nov. 11 game at Columbus Crew SC's MAPFRE Stadium will open the fifth and final round of CONCACAF qualifying, known as the "Hex."

Columbus has been the site for every U.S. home game against Mexico in the Hex since 2001. The U.S. won the four games in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 -- all by a score of 2-0.

The results have extended American fans' popular chant of "dos a cero," which began after the U.S.'s 2-0 win...