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Mexico Hot List: Henry Martin impresses in Argentina friendlies, but Marco Fabian struggles

Henry Martin, right, was one of several Mexico internationals to impress in a pair of friendlies against Argentina.

The international break is now officially over for Mexico. Following two consecutive 2-0 losses to Argentina in the last five days, El Tri has emerged from the November friendlies with a number of lessons learned. With a focus on those two recent matches, here is the latest national team hot-list.

Warming Up

Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Standard Liege

Why he's here: During the first 2-0 loss to Argentina on Nov. 16, Ochoa emerged as Mexico's best player on the pitch. Thanks to his impressive stops,...

What would a Liga MX All-Star Game look like?

Oribe Peralta could lead a strong Mexico team in a Liga MX all-star game.

Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared on ESPN Deportes.

Given that it's a real thing for most North American sports leagues, we went through a hypothetical exercise as to what would happen if the Liga MX Bancomer had an All-Star break, with an ensuing competition featuring the competition's best players. The results were as follows:

The ESPN All-Star Game will be held at Estadio Azul as a way of honoring the storied venue days before its scheduled demolition.

Oribe Peralta and Andre-Pierre...

Djaniny Tavares, Keisuke Honda lead Liga MX midseason Best XI

Djaniny ran away with Liga MX's golden boot with 14 goals.
Djaniny Tavares has been a revelation in Liga MX since arriving at Santos Laguna.

Believe it or not, we are now past the halfway point of the Liga MX regular season. With only eight matchdays left until the start of the playoffs, let's take a look back at those who have excelled over the first half of the 2018 Clausura.

GK: Gibran Lajud, Club Tijuana

The 24-year-old Mexican has been nothing short of brilliant for Club Tijuana. After nine games in net, Lajud has only allowed five goals. The goalkeeper has been a revelation for Xolos and as long as he continues to take charge...

Henry Martin, Hirving Lozano stay red-hot, Orbelin Pineda trending down

Little by little, the World Cup is quickly inching closer to its opening date of June 14th. With only a few months to go until Russia 2018, several national teams are now fine-tuning their tactics and rosters before the much-anticipated tournament.

For Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio, he too will need to soon decide which 23 players will represent El Tri. Although it can be argued that most of the roster is already set, there is still space for a few players to sneak into a last minute plane...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico's fringe players get final chance to make World Cup case

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio named a 23-player squad Thursday ahead of El Tri's first match of 2018, next Wednesday against Bosnia and Herzegovina in San Antonio.

Here are five takes from the all-Liga MX/MLS list:

Not many World Cup places up for grabs

Some in Mexico have criticized Osorio for his rotation policy, but when it comes to the core of his squad for FIFA international dates and major tournaments, it's actually been very consistent.

Basically, the established Europe-based...

Assessing the ins, outs from Mexico's squad to face Bosnia and Herzegovina

Time is running out for players to make an impact on Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio as the clock ticks down toward the 2018 World Cup. Thursday saw the squad announced for next week's friendly vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina in San Antonio, Texas, so we asked our writers to react to some of the names included and excluded.

In: Henry Martin

Ex-Tijuana man Henry Martin has been a pleasant surprise so far for America.
Henry Martin's move from Tijuana to America has revived his international career.

As expected, Osorio's introductory squad for 2018 was a mix of old and new. Barred from selecting any players active in Europe, the coach picked a few mainstays including...