Grading Mexico, Liga MX players on summer transfers, from Marcelo Flores to Santiago Gimenez

It’s been a surprisingly busy summer transfer window in the Mexican soccer world. In recent weeks, a sudden exodus of players has boosted the number of local talents eyeing Europe, with potentially more deals in the works as transfer windows remain open.

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To catch up on some of the more noticeable transfers, here is a list of grades for the notable Mexican players who have notable movements in Europe, along with those in Liga MX and Major League Soccer.

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Marcelo Flores | 18 | midfield player
arsenal
to Real Oviedo
Player rating: B+

Looking for some much-needed minutes, Mexico’s talented youngster joined Spanish second division side Real Oviedo for a season this summer. Although a professional debut will do well to keep the 18-year-old Arsenal academy product alive, the attacking midfielder will need to become a standout player quickly if he is to sneak into Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s Mexico squad this November for the World Cup.

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Santiago Gimenez | 21 | Forward
Cruz Azul to Feyenoord
Player rating: A

With all the right tools to become a world-class player, Gimenez will benefit greatly from developments in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord. The Mexican forward, who was the league’s top scorer in Liga MX before leaving Cruz Azul at the end of July, appears ready to take his talent to a new level after signing a four-year deal with the Dutch club.

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Orbelin Pineda | 26 | midfield player
Celta Vigo to AEK Athens
Player level: C

Things just didn’t work out at Celta Vigo, so Pineda was loaned to AEK Athens in Greece with a head scratch. The midfielder should be commended for staying in Europe after reportedly checking out clubs in Liga MX and MLS, but it could prove a step too low for an experienced name risking even greater relevance losing at national team level El Tri if he doesn’t immediately impress in the coming months.

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Jesus Alcantar | 19 | defender
Necaxa to Sporting CP
Player grade: B-

On loan from Necaxa, Alcantar has joined the ranks of the Portuguese giants who have produced elite players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Ricardo Quaresma and Nani. The Mexico youth international will find it difficult to break into the Sporting squad but his experience abroad will undoubtedly see his development progress.

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Diego Lainez | 22 | midfield player
Real Betis to Braga
Player level: C+

With just 135 minutes into the 2021-22 LaLiga season, Lainez was in dire need of a change of scenery, which resulted in a loan spell at Braga in Portugal. It’s not the most exciting move for the player who has yet to prove his high potential, but it’s necessary if he hopes to secure a place at the World Cup El Tri.

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Johan Vasquez | 23 | defender
Genoa to Cremonese
Player grade: A-

Despite Genoa’s relegation last season, Vasquez had no shortage of suitors this summer, eventually joining the recently promoted Cremonese in Serie A. The young centre-back should only hone his talents in defense with another side who will give him plenty work every week.

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Daniel Aceves | 21 | defender
Pachuca to Real Oviedo
Player grade: B

In addition to Flores, Aceves was also loaned to the Spanish second division club for a season. The right-back might have aimed higher after thriving in Mexico’s top flight since last year, but he should also make progress if he can accumulate consistent minutes.

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Jordan Carrillo | 20 | Forward
Santos Laguna to Sporting Gijon
Player grade: B

Aceves and Flores won’t be the only Mexican signings in the Spanish second division. Over in Gijon, Carrillo is on a season-long loan from Santos Laguna. Carrillo, who was named Liga MX Rookie of the Year 2021-22, will now be tasked with helping revitalize a squad that narrowly avoided relegation last season.

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Jorge Sanchez | 24 | defender
Club America to Ajax

Player rating: A
(announced by America on August 7th)

It seemed like it was only a matter of time before the energetic and capable full-back made the move to Europe. Sanchez remains an unfinished project and, like Gimenez, should benefit greatly from minutes in a league like the Eredivisie. A strong start to the 2022/23 season would also boost his chances of a starting role with Mexico at the World Cup.


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Hector Herrera | 32 | midfield player
Atlético Madrid to Houston Dynamo FC
Player level: C-

Herrera has paid his dues with a club career that has spanned almost 10 years in Europe but the timing of his move ahead of the World Cup is in question. It goes without saying that he will travel to Qatar with it El Tribut a dip in form at his MLS team could seriously hurt his chances of a consistent starting role in November.

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Nestor Araujo | 30 | defender
Celta Vigo to Club America
Player grade: D+

Araujo, who left a starting spot at Celta, has returned to Liga MX with Club America. While the move is a huge asset to the Mexico City team, it ultimately feels like a significant step backwards for the veteran defender who had a lot more to offer in Spain or elsewhere in Europe.

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David Ochoa | 21 | goalkeeper
Real Salt Lake to DC United
Player rating: B+

It might not have been the exciting Barcelona transfer some media outlets were reporting, but it’s a step in the right direction for the up-and-coming Mexico goalkeeper. With more goals allowed than any other team in the Eastern Conference, DC should give chances to the player who signed immediately El Tri last year.

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Alfredo Talavera | 39 | goalkeeper
Pumas to Juarez FC
Player level: C

Shortly before or at the end of his career, the Mexican international was signed by FC Juarez from the border town. Barring a total and unexpected collapse over the next few months, the veteran goalkeeper was set to travel to Qatar after his debut season with his new Liga MX team – which is unlikely to go far in the post-season should they qualify.

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Carlos Salcedo | 28 | defender
Toronto FC to Juarez FC
Player level: C-

A far cry from Salcedo, who won the DFB Cup with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018, the 28-year-old defender has yet to find a second wind in his career to spur him on again El Tri. His first few performances with the Liga MX minnows were average at best.

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Jonathan Gonzalez | 23 | midfield player
Queretaro to Minnesota United FC
Player rating: B+

Gonzalez, now on loan to Minnesota in MLS, easily forgets that Gonzalez just turned 23 in April. The ceiling remains high for the Mexican-American player who has yet to live up to the hype that surrounded him when he was selected El Tri about the United States men’s national soccer team in 2018. A fresh start in the Twin Cities might be just what he needs.

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Alan Mozo | 25 | defender
Pumas to Chivas
Player grade: B

While it’s clear Mexico coach Martino has no intention of calling him up, Mozo continues to be one of Liga MX’s more compelling full-backs. However, Chivas needs much more than just a risk-taking and exciting defender to solve his latest troubles in Apertura 2022.

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Jairo Torres | 22 | midfield player
Chicago Fire FC Atlas
Player level: C

Technically a spring transfer, Torres only made the leap to Chicago in May of this year. He has shown flashes of brilliance this season but given the excitement surrounding the Liga MX title winner upon his arrival, he will need to play at a higher level if he hopes to pursue his dream of playing in Europe.

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Javier Eduardo Lopez | 27 | midfield player
Earthquake from San Jose to Pachuca
Player rating: B+

Pachuca, who is often involved in sly, low-key deals, did his homework and brought in “Chofis” Lopez after his loan in the Chivas earthquakes expired. His best moments are probably behind him, but there’s reason to believe the creative midfielder can be an asset to last season’s Liga MX finalists.

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Emma Bowman

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