Mexico World Cup 2014 Latest News: Will Chicharito Backup 'Memo' In Goal For Mexico? [VIDEO]

Chicharito plays Goalie
Mexico soccer player Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (top) challnges Hector Herrera while playing goalie for Mexico during their training session Reuters

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera announced his starting XI at the team’s press conference on Sunday and to no one’s surprise, Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez was not named in the staring lineup for the third World Cup game in a row.

Herrera is sticking with the same lineup he has started in Mexico’s first two Group A games against Cameroon and Brazil. Mexico has so far been able to keep a clean slate through their first two matches, one more and they will be into the knockout round.

Most fans of El Tri are still talking about Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa and his record breaking saves in the last match versus Brazil. However, it is his potential back up that has everyone clamoring in the Mexican camp this week.

Ahead of their match up against Croatia on Monday, Chicharito was spotted between the pipes during training sessions at Estádio Rei Pelé. The young forward didn’t look too bad in goal and proved to be quite the ample back up in case any of the other three goalies on the Mexican national team get hurt before Croatia. Take a look at Chicharito in goal for yourself in the video below and see what you think. He might not be Memo yet, but who knows, in four years we could be seeing Chicharito in net for El Tri.


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Michael J. Duarte is a Los Angeles based writer. Born and raised in the City of Angels, Michael did his undergraduate work at the University of California Santa Barbara and a graduate program at the University of Southern California. Michael was awarded the Paul Lazarus Screenwriting Scholarship Award in 2004 and the Corwin Writing Award for his feature screenplay, "Chasing 4:00" in 2005. In addition to Sports writing, Michael is an avid marathon runner and fan of the Magic Bullet blender.