Mexico has three good goalkeepers, so there has been debate over who should guard El Tri’s net. Some argue for Cruz Azul keeper Jose de Jesus Corona, while there are staunch supporters for Ochoa who plays for AC Ajaccio of France’s Ligue 1. Despite being one of Mexico’s best goalkeepers, the 28 year-old has yet to get game time at the World Cup. He was on the squad that travelled to South Africa 2010, but was passed over for Oscar “Conejo” Perez by then coach Javier Aguirre. Ochoa had been the starting keeper and played in seven games registering three shutouts. For 2014, Ochoa played in four WCQ games, including the crucial game against Panama in Mexico City.
At FIFA level, Ochoa was part of the Mexican squad that played in Brazil for the 2013 Confederations Cup representing CONCACAF. Then Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre did not utilize Ochoa until the third game against Japan. At that point, Mexico had been eliminated from the competition. If El Tri is to advance to the Round of 16, Ochoa will have to be his calm and cool self under the posts. Mexico is in Group A with hosts Brazil, Cameroon and Croatia.