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Mexico’s head coach Miguel Herrera praises MLS, fine with his players joining league

Miguel Herrera

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2012 file photo, America s soccer coach Miguel Herrera gestures to his players from the sidelines of a Mexican soccer league match with Pumas in Mexico City. Mexico’s national soccer team named Herrera as its new coach on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Christian Palma, file)


Mexico’s head coach Miguel Herrera is totally okay with his players heading to play their club ball in the U.S. and Canada, if they so chose.

Speaking to’s Spanish language podcast, Tiro Libre Radio, on Wednesday, Herrera revealed his thoughts on MLS and much more.

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Despite the U.S. and Mexico being huge rivals on the international stage, it seems as though respect for MLS within Liga MX and Mexican national team circles is growing.

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Here’s what Herrera had to say about the possibility of his players crossing the border and plying their trade in North America’s top-flight.

“That’s a decision made only and exclusively by the player and his representatives,” Herrera said. “They should be looking for the best option possible, so long as the player is seeing the field. I’ve always said that MLS is growing, and every day it’s much more solid, much stronger and more competitive, so it’s an option [for players], but it is they who have to decide in the end.”

One El Tri hopeful who will do just that is Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, who has signed as a Designated Player for the Houston Dynamo after impressing with the now defunct Chivas USA last season. Torres, 22, is currently on loan in to Chivas Guadalajara in his homeland but Herrera believes his impending arrival in Houston will not impact his chances of turning out for Mexico in the future.

So, will we now see more Mexican national team players heading to MLS in the coming months? Herrera seems to be fine with it, but will El Tri players over in Europe and Liga MX fancy playing in the land of their rival?

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