Mexico's real "golden generation" 

October, 6, 2011
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In Mexican soccer circles, it was just a few months ago that all eyes were on Erick Torres. Amid the inevitable -- and somewhat misguided -- Chicharito comparisons, the young Chivas forward was linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, and anointed for stardom. Then came the under-20 World Cup, and despite some bright moments, the potential star failed to shine for Mexico. A few months later, "El Cubo" is headed to Colombia for psychological treatment in a bid to help get him through the rough patch.

Remarkably, Torres' poor performance never mattered much to El Tri's U-20 team. There were plenty of others to pick up the slack as the Mexicans made their way to a podium finish in Colombia. Six other players scored in the tournament, and Edson Rivera netted three goals in just 233 minutes of playing time. The lesson? There's plenty of young Mexican talent to go around, and if the one guy who was picked out to shine doesn't, there are talented reserves waiting to take his place.

Throw the 2011 under-17 World Cup champion team into the mix, and it's clear that we're witnessing the dawn of Mexico's true "golden generation."


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Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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