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Mexico’s Hector Moreno to miss Gold Cup with foot injury

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Hector Moreno of Mexico controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Mexico’s 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign took a bump before it even got started, as the federation announced defender Hector Moreno will miss the summer tournament due to a foot injury.

The 27-year-old, arguably the best player on Mexico’s back line, was taken out of El Tri’s friendly with Costa Rica at halftime on Saturday and is set to undergo surgery in Houston on Tuesday.

Moreno, who has been playing his club soccer at La Liga side Espanyol since 2011, has made 57 caps for the Mexican national team since 2007 and was a key component to Mexico’s run in last year’s World Cup until he suffered a broken tibia in the quarterfinal defeat to the Netherlands.

Head coach Miguel Herrera has called in Chivas defender Oswaldo Alanis to replace Moreno on the squad, according to the report.

The injury will test Mexico’s depth heading into a tournament where ‘El Tri’ will have a weakened bench due to having sent a second team to the Copa America. Long-time captain Rafa Marquez would normally be a natural replacement for Moreno, but he took part in Copa America and is not on the Gold Cup roster.

Mexico will take on Honduras in a friendly on Wednesday before kicking off its Gold Cup run on July 9 against Cuba at Soldier Field in Chicago.

What do you think of this development? See the U.S. Men’s National Team as the clear tournament favorite now?

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  1. “was a key component to Mexico’s run in last year’s World Cup until he suffered a broken tibia in the quarterfinal defeat to the Netherlands.”

    Duh, that was Mexico’s last game at the WC.

    • No, it unites them more therefore becoming more dangerous to play against. Did you see that comeback against Costa Rica?


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