While Mexico’s U-17 Men’s National Team lost a heartbreaking semifinal 4-2 to Nigeria on Thursday, the Mexicans’ performance at this year’s U-17 World Cup in Chile still must feel like a triumph.
This year’s success comes just two years after an appearance in the final against Nigeria, and four years after defeating Uruguay 2-0 in a final played on home soil.
On this week’s episode of The SoccerWire Show, hosts Tim Froh and Charles Boehm chat with Goal.com’s Jon Arnold, an expert on Mexican soccer and CONCACAF, about Mexico’s most recent youth national team successes, player development in Liga MX, and about the recent switch of defender Edwin Lara and goalkeeper Abraham Romero from the U.S. youth national teams to Mexico’s.
Are there lessons here for the U.S. to learn, or is Mexico’s success at this level singular to its soccer culture? And what does success at the youth level even mean, anyway?
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