The veteran central defender has returned from international service, knowing he must fight to retain his El Tri place
Hector Moreno admitted that his return to League MX was motivated in part by the desire to secure a starting place with Mexico for the 2022 World Cup.
Now in Monterrey after a period with Al-Gharafa in Qatar, the 33-year-old could have a difficult battle to retain his place in the team. El Tri struggled defensively at the Gold Cup and eventually lost 1-0 to the United States in the final, and he will have to improve his form at club level to improve his stock.
But a leg injury he suffered in the defeat to the USMNT threatens to suspend his Monterrey debut, 14 years after he left League MX for the first time to realize his ambitions as a youngster.
What was said?
“I have the biggest dream of being in the next World Cup,” said Moreno. TUDN . “[Monterrey is a] club where you have all the tools, where I can keep myself physically as good as possible.
‘I made a decision two years ago that I was going to Qatar, where I lived a spectacular life, but when it came to football, it was not the best.
‘But now I have to recover and fight [for my place], because a lot of capable people come to the national team and I want to keep competing. It will depend on the coaching staff, my football here in Rayados to continue in the national team. This is my dream and my goal, and I will work for it. ”
Commenting on his injury, Moreno added: ‘Tomorrow we are going to do some tests to see what the degree of the injury is.
“If I can not be on the field from the start because I am recovering, I will try to support my teammates.”
Mexico’s World Cup Qualifier
After a terrible summer in which they lost two finals against the USMNT, El Tri will try to recover in the World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on 2 September.
A repeat with the Stars and Stripes is set for November 12th.