“I leave because
I have the guts,” said Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, minutes before starting
his journey to the Netherlands Eredivisie and begin his new stage with FC
Twente, the club that paid $5 million for the talented 20-year old.
After the 2011
U-20 World Cup, Edson Rivera left Atlas to play for Sporting Braga, Taufic
Guarch went to play for Espanyol B, and Ulises Dávila became the first Mexican
player to sign a contract with Chelsea FC. Rivera is back with Atlas, without a
secure starting spot, Taufic Guarch plays for Estudiantes Tecos in Mexico’s Second
Division, and Dávila has only played minutes for Chelsea’s youth teams and
likely to play another season in Spain’s Second Division.
Two years later
after another U-20 World Cup, not a bright one for Mexico because of the ways
the team qualified to the Round of Sixteen and lost against Spain 1-2, Corona travels
to Netherlands to make a name for himself in a club that finished sixth place
last season in the Eredivisie.
Salcido and Francisco Javier “Maza” Rodríguez made the jump to the Dutch
league, they were players with miles on them, both had played important minutes
with the absolute national team, Maza even had participated in the Athens
Olympics, which by the way was a poor one for Ricardo Lavolpe’s U-23. When
Héctor Moreno went to AZ Alkmaar, he left Pumas as league champions and had on
his resume a U-17 and U-20 World Cup alongside the Velas and Giovanis.
Dávila went on
loan to Dutch club Vitesse after his Chelsea transfer was confirmed, but he
hardly played. Only two games saw Dávila show his talents as center/left
midfielder. Perhaps, Dávila spent more time learning and polishing his English
in Arnhem than playing on the pitch.