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Mexico's Victor Guzman, Raul Gudino stake their claims for starting spots

Herculez Gomez examines the state of the Mexican national team, which is experimenting with a new generation while also searching for a head coach.

The international break is now officially over for Mexico. Following a 3-2 win over Costa Rica last week, and a 1-0 loss to Chile on Tuesday night, El Tri has emerged from the October friendlies with a number of lessons learned.

With a focus on those last two matches, here is the latest Mexico hot-list:

Warming up

Victor Guzman, MF, Pachuca

Why he's here: In the recent search for the next generation of Mexican talent, Guzman easily stood out amongst his peers. During the victory against Costa Rica,...

Liverpool hit hard by 'FIFA virus' with key injuries during October internationals

Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all returned from October internationals with injuries.
Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all returned from October internationals with injuries.

Liverpool will resume their domestic schedule four players lighter following the October international break.

Centre-back Virgil van Dijk, midfielder Naby Keita and forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all returned to the club's Melwood training ground early to aid their respective recoveries.

Jurgen Klopp's side were already without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain due to a long-term knee injury and James Milner, who was substituted in the first half of the draw against Manchester City before the internaitonal...

Hirving Lozano not the only young talent set to lead Mexico forward

MEXICO CITY -- At one point during Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to Chile, Hirving Lozano flew down the wing to recover a ball one of his teammates had lost far up the field. Minutes later, he was marking Alexis Sanchez as the Manchester United star attempted to create a chance for his country. Later in the match, Lozano paired with Jesus Gallardo to pressure Chile into turning the ball over in their defensive third.

For most of the match in Queretaro, Mexico's best player was also their most industrious.

The...

U.S. finally has hope in Sargent, Weah and Amon, but youngsters need time

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Building for the future often means navigating through the ups and downs of the present. Such was the case for the U.S. attack in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Peru.

Caretaker manager Dave Sarachan opted to start three teenagers in offensive positions -- Jonathan Amon, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah -- and each of them showed flashes of the kind of ability that has the U.S. fan base, still emotionally scarred from last year's World Cup qualifying failure, clamoring for more.

Amon,...