It is no secret that the emergence of a golden generation within the Mexican youth ranks has propelled El Tri to a relationship with European football that had previously never been enjoyed. Stars who have wowed observers at youth tournaments for Mexico since 2005 have gotten unprecedented opportunities to shine in the big leagues.
While some have faltered, others have become important components of the senior team's evolution from perennial Round of 16 finisher to potential dark-horse candidate in the World Cup. Meanwhile, new blood has been identified in Liga MX, a growing feeder league for Europe, with its teams understanding that a model more akin to the Argentine league -- which sells its players when they're young, but with experience in the first division -- might be more profitable.
With summer's transfer window looming, and the already-confirmed transfer of Club America defender and U-23 gold medalist Diego Reyes to Portugal giant Porto, here are five more players who may end up in Europe next season and propel El Tri's national success in the near future.
Hector Herrera, MF, Pachuca
Though no official confirmation has come from either Pachuca or Porto, Herrera himself appeared to have spilled the beans Jan. 25 when questioned about the potential transfer that would reunite him with Reyes. "I'm very happy to know that I won't be there by myself, and that a teammate who I've had plenty of contact with will be there," Herrera said, referencing fellow U-20 and U-23 player Reyes.