Posted January 27, 2014

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera: Rafa Marquez is only Tri roster lock for Brazil

2014 World Cup, Avi Creditor, Mexican national team, Miguel Herrera, MLS, New York Red Bulls, Rafa Marquez
Rafa Marquez

Mexico captain Rafa Marquez is all smiles after turning his career around for both club and country. (SNPA/Ross Setford/AP)

Look at the situation two ways: Either Rafa Marquez has truly found his best self since his departure from a maligned stint in MLS and is being rewarded accordingly, or Mexico has gone completely off the conventional path and lost it.

Speaking to media Monday ahead of Mexico’s friendly against South Korea in San Antonio on Wednesday (the same team the U.S. men’s national team will play on Saturday at StubHub Center), Mexico manager Miguel Herrera claimed that the only player that is a lock to make the roster for Brazil is Marquez, his captain.

Yes, the same Marquez whose emotional unpredictability and effort level came into question during his time with the New York Red Bulls, a time where his $4.5 million salary repeatedly came into question because of his performances and penchant for making a sideshow of his on- and off-field antics. 

To Marquez’s credit, he has turned things around for himself since leaving the Red Bulls for reigning Liga MX champion Leon. He returned to the national team set-up under Herrera in time to help Mexico make it to the World Cup (well, in large part thanks to Graham Zusi, but then in the two-leg playoff against New Zealand), and he won silverware with Leon by helping guide the club to the Mexican Apertura title.

For Marquez, making the trip to Brazil would mark a fourth World Cup appearance. From pariah and outcast to World Cup lock and captain: It’s pretty mind-bending to think how far Marquez has come since he was flat out released by the Red Bulls on Dec. 12, 2012.

5 comments
BrentStorrs
BrentStorrs

Marquez was not athletic enough for the MLS. Most aren't.

onetaxiservices.base
onetaxiservices.base

MLS (SOCCER) decreased Marquez's credit. Its standard is so low that Marquez needed to get out of there. ASAP. He now competes in a Club that competes in a High standard league and also will compete with South Americas legendary teams in Copa Libertadores de America!!!! Best regards to Marquez!

IMarineEvony
IMarineEvony

David Beckham didn't fit in MLS soccer either.