Since making his debut in the Mexican top flight at the tender age of 18, Guillermo Ochoa has always been regarded as one of his country’s top goalkeepers. However, his experiences with the national team have been bittersweet at times.
Third-choice goalkeeper at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, he looked set to be given the nod at South Africa 2010 but, to the surprise of many, Mexico coach Javier Aguirre placed his confidence in veteran Oscar Perez instead.
The situation did not change for Ochoa during the Brazil 2014 qualifiers. Ochoa alternated between time between the posts and time on the bench, and he was even sidelined from the team for a short period of time by then coach Jose Manuel de la Torre. However, Ochoa was up to the task in the games in which he saw action and such good performances, coupled with his excellent stint with the French side Ajaccio, making him a candidate for earning a starting spot for El Tri in Brazil.
It is as yet unclear which keeper will start Mexico's opening match at Brazil 2014, but there is no doubt that, if Ochoa is selected, the nation will be in safe hands.