By Cesar Hernandez @cesarh1030
-Chicharito was finally involved in a match with Manchester United recently, but for only about 20 minutes. The Little Pea’s future is still up in the air after Louis van Gaal had mentioned to the media that there are too many players in the same positions. We will have to wait and see what this means for Chicharito. Although I guess it does help that he recognized Chich’s talent as well when he mentioned it to the press. I still say he goes to another squad. Or to my rec-league team.
-Carlos Vela is still injured and wont get to take part in Real Sociedad’s first Europa League match this upcoming Thursday. This is usually where I make some sort of joke about “karma,” but I will have to save that for later if he decides to once again turn down the national team in the future.
-Guillermo Ochoa still does not have a team. He and his agent seem fairly confident they will find a squad but they can’t wait too long. I’ve seen it. You’re like the really cool guy in high school who waits at the last minute for a prom date, but what if everybody is taken?! Note: I was never the “cool guy” in high school. I was the more practical nerdy kid who attempted (and usually failed) to ask out a girl way in advance of school dances.
Malaga seem to be the next best option for Ochoa at the moment and there are rumors that Getafe are interested as well.
-Hector Moreno is still injured but should be back in about 4-6 months for Espanyol.
-Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos seem to be having a great time. Don’t they? The brothers have been taking more photos together than tourists do in New York city. Not that it’s a bad thing. It’s nice to see the two together and I really do hope this means that there will be some exciting Villarreal soccer this season. Who knows what this will mean for El Tri as well.
-Javier Aquino was supposed to go to Celtic on loan, but a Scottish newspaper has made a claim that the deal is no longer happening. The deal is still feasible, but it’s now doubtful that he will move to the Scottish Premiership. Unless he decides to take his brand new car with him as well.
-Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes both started for Porto recently in their friendly against St. Etienne. Porto’s new coach, Julen Lopetegui, seems to have faith in the El Tri players and I hope this continues for the rest of their time in Portugal.
-Andres Guardado is still in the early stages of training with Valencia down in South America. Due to the fact that he just arrived last week, I doubt that the midfielder/defender/wing-back/attacking mid/winger will take part in their friendly today against Universidad Catolica.
-Ulises Davila still doesn’t have a team. Well, technically Chelsea still own him but they are currently in talks with the player over his future. Davila still has two years left on his contract with Chelsea but would like to once again play for Cordoba. Chelsea and Cordoba were in talks for weeks but were never able to find a solution to the dilemma.
-Nery “Cesar’s favorite” Castillo is once again in Greece. This time he is with Kalloni F.C. and I will seriously send you twenty dollars if you can even name three players (other than Castillo) who currently play on Kalloni. Without looking online either. I’m not sure how I could prove that.
Castillo wasn’t featured in Kalloni’s 3-1 loss to Napoli yesterday.
-Jesus “Tecatito” Corona started for FC Twente’s…B team. Reports online have stated that he was not only overweight, but also had a bit of an attitude problem with management when he returned from the summer. Therefore, dropped down to the reserve squad.
-Jonathan Espericueta is still in Villarreal B’s team and I hope he can stay for another season. It would be excellent to see him get more playing time in Spain. His loan lasts until the end of this year.
-Gabriel Piccolo is once again training with Partick Thistle as they prepare for their first match of the season on August 9th. Piccolo will more than likely play as backup for one of the central defender positions this season.
Typically, this is all I cover, but today I’m excited to announce that I found two more players to cover! Which will honestly be very difficult to cover so I may not have much information to be honest.
Either way, I will do what I can in the future.
First, we have 23 year-old Alexis Mendiola who plays for Östersunds FK in the Swedish 2nd division.
Next, there is 22 year-old Pedro Arce who plays for Kavala in the Greek 3rd division.
If you happen to know any other Mexicanos in Europe, please let me know. I would love to cover them.
Cesar Hernandez covers anything and everything involving El Tri. Follow him @cesarh1030 and also visit his website, The Big Verde. He has also decided to end the war with fellow writer, Joely. It’s only for the best.