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Jimenez, not Chicharito, Mexico's top No. 9 - Tata

Mexico's Raul Jimenez sits down with ESPN FC to discuss the pressure on El Tri to win the Gold Cup and whether playing in CONCACAF is good for them.

DENVER -- Mexico head coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino jumped to the defense of Raul Jimenez, after being questioned over his form for El Tri, telling reporters he -- and not Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez -- is the country's most important forward.

Martino was asked whether he wanted more from the 28-year-old Wolves striker, who scored twice in Mexico's 7-0 victory over Cuba last Saturday, but also missed easy chances.

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For regular observers of the Mexico national team, the green promotional banners outside of Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium with meticulously edited portraits of Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Miguel Layun jumped out for a certain reason: none of those players was there. Nor, for that matter, was any other recognizable star player like Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera, Giovani dos Santos or Jesus "Tecatito" Corona. But given how many of those identical banners there were around...

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Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raul Jimenez said there in 'nothing to' comparisons with West Ham striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, but did say his Mexico teammate helped him settle into life in the Premier League.

Jimenez scored 13 goals for Wolves this past season while on loan from Benfica to equal Hernandez's haul for Manchester United in 2010-11 to make them the joint highest Mexican goalscorers in a single season in the Premier League.

"We always know that [the comparisons] will exist, that's...

Raul Jimenez welcomes WWE superstar Sin Cara to Wolves

Wolves are on the brink of a seventh place finish, and potentially Europa League qualification, after beating relegated Fulham at Molineux.

In a season that has already seen Mick Foley attend a Sheffield United game, it's now seemingly become the thing for WWE superstars to turn up at relatively obscure English football matches.

The latest is Sin Cara, who has announced that he will be in the crowd at Molineux on Sunday to watch the Wolverhampton Wanderers' final home contest of the season against Fulham. He will be attending as a VIP guest of Wolves striker and fellow countryman Raul Jimenez, with whom he has struck up quite a...

The Raul Jimenez effect: Wolves fans embrace Mexican wrestling, sell masks for charity

Wolves fans of all backgrounds have embraced the culture and traditions of their new striker, culminating in an inventive fundraiser. Singh Kang is second from left.

WOLVERHAMPTON, England -- Wolves fans Manny Singh Kang and Jason Guy didn't know much about lucha libre or Mexican wrestling masks before Raul Jimenez joined the club. But interest in the sport was piqued by the Mexican striker's celebration in the FA Cup semifinal against Watford, when he scored the opening goal and donned the mask created by his wrestler friend Sin Cara.

"Let's be honest: none of Wolverhampton was exactly an expert on lucha libre," said Singh Kang, talking to ESPN before a...