Mexico Decision on Osorio Delayed

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(WFI) Mexico is willing to wait to make a decision on the future of national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
Juan Carlos Osorio (Wikimedia Commons)

The new Mexican football federation (FMF) president Yon de Luisa and new director general Guillermo Cantu were expected to announce whether Osorio was in or out at a press conference on Wednesday.

Osorio’s contract expired after the World Cup in Russia, where he led El Tri to the round of 16 but the new team in charge of the FMF doesn’t seem in a hurry to sort out his future.

"After the World Cup, the contract ended but we've held talks since then. We still haven't reached a final decision, it's a very important and difficult decision," said Cantu, according to Sports Illustrated.

“We agree that it's a very important issue, but we also agree that it's more important than urgent.”

Many media outlets have been reporting that Osorio was out. Reports have also linked him to the vacancy with the United States national team. He has also told media in his native Colombia that coaching that team would be a dream job. Currently, Jose Pekerman of Argentina remains in that position. Colombia also reached the round of 16 in Russia earlier this summer.

There have been suggestions that the 56-year-old Osorio is waiting to see if Colombia will decide to part ways with Pekerman, who also led them to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

U.S. Soccer has shown it is in no rush to replace Bruce Arena, who resigned as interim coach shortly after the United States spectacularly failed to qualify for the Russia World Cup last October. Dave Sarachan, Arena’s assistant, has been serving as interim coach and is currently under contract until the end of 2018.

The USA and Mexico are scheduled to play a friendly on September 11 in Nashville, Tennessee. At this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Osorio on either sideline. On the other hand, he may be in Colombia by then and both Concacaf rivals could be led by interim coaches.


By INSIDER Gerard Farek

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