Mexico football icon Hugo Sanchez says Real Madrid forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez needs to show more character if he expects to play a greater role in La Liga's top club.
"Javier needs to pound his fists on the table, strengthen his character and show who he is," Sanchez told ESPN.mx on Monday. "He is playing on the best team of all time, which is Real Madrid, and they have great players, but he shouldn't shrink, because if he doesn't rise to that level, he will achieve nothing."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jesus Duenas, Meliton Hernandez and Eduardo Herrera sat sheepishly alongside Mexico manager Miguel Herrera on Monday in the news conference ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Paraguay in Arrowhead Stadium.
They looked more like they were there to give evidence in court than a trio of players on the eve of arguably the biggest game of their careers, in which all will start. Alongside them, coach Herrera -- true to his persona -- cracked jokes and lightened the mood.
As the second match of 2015 approaches for Mexico, fans around the world are analyzing what the game might mean to El Tri's participation in important upcoming summer tournaments. But no matter how Miguel Herrera exhorts his players to do this or that, the coach's true values will ultimately show through the composition of his rosters.
Due in part to injury and impending fatherhood for Guillermo Ochoa and Andres Guardado, the starting lineup Herrera announced the day before the match against Paraguay...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Atletico Madrid striker Raul Jimenez will get the chance to impress from the start of Mexico's friendly on Tuesday against Paraguay, confirmed El Tri coach Miguel Herrera on Monday.
The 23-year-old has seen limited playing time for the Spanish champions since joining from Club America last August and will be hoping to make an impact with Mexico, which plays in both CONMEBOL's Copa America and CONCACAF's Gold Cup this summer.
Mexico have lost five players from the squad since...