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Mexico youngster Diego Lainez: Real Betis was 'best decision' for me

Diego Lainez is ready to play for Real Betis as early as this Thursday's Copa del Rey game against Real Sociedad, stated the 18-year-old Mexican forward in his presentation at the Spanish club on Tuesday.

Lainez arrived to Seville on Saturday, passed his medical examinations on Sunday, before training for the first time with his teammates on Monday. Now he is hoping to complete a momentous week with minutes against La Real in the round-of-16 cup clash.

"I...

Hirving Lozano, Alex Morgan win CONCACAF player of the year awards

Mexico and the United States split the CONCACAF awards for best player of 2018, with El Tri winger Hirving Lozano named male player of the year and the U.S. striker Alex Morgan taking the female prize.

Lozano, at 23, becomes the youngest ever winner of the award on the men's side after consistent form for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and a famous goal to help Mexico to a 1-0 win over Germany at the World Cup.

It's the third consecutive occasion Morgan has won the women's prize and her fourth CONCACAF...

Mexicans abroad: 'Tecatito' Corona shines as the Europeo of the week

Jesus Corona of FC Porto in action
Jesus Corona put on a show with two assists to help Porto to a win.

The 2018-19 season could be a banner year for Mexican soccer as more El Tri players than ever before are playing their club soccer overseas. With several key figures playing week in and week out in a number of European leagues, keeping track of all the noteworthy stars can at times be daunting. In order to help keep tabs on those across the Atlantic, we've created a weekly award that will be given to the most outstanding player. Along with a few honorable mentions, here are the best performances...

Foundation for Diego Lainez's success is there, but Real Betis must be patient

Even with his extensive managerial resume, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno is unsure Tata Martino will be able to satisfy Mexico's high expectations.

In the media event ahead of the Liga MX final last month, 18-year-old Diego Lainez sat on a stool by the pitch inside Estadio Azteca and fielded questions for more than 30 minutes. The youngster, already a household name in Mexico, was one of the most sought-after players.

"How do you deal with all the speculation about European clubs being interested and the pressure of playing a final inside Estadio Azteca?" Lainez was asked.

"I enjoy myself," replied Lainez, looking to the side and seeming...

Alexis Vega, Marcel Ruiz top list of youngsters who could debut for Mexico in 2019

Chivas' Alexis Vega, 21, looks to be next in line for Mexico at striker, a position that the national team is desperate for depth in.
Chivas' Alexis Vega, 21, looks to be next in line for Mexico at striker, a position at which the national team is desperate for depth.

Mexico's national team is one of the busiest in the world. With a place in at least one major international tournament every summer since 2009 --- and a number of friendlies and World Cup qualifiers mixed in as well --- there is rarely a lack of matches scheduled for El Tri. The year 2019 will be no different as the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the CONCACAF Nations League and a handful of friendlies will keep Mexico occupied during the next several months.

Keeping in mind that the recently hired Gerardo...