Eriksson names Ochoa Mexico's starter -- for now

Publish date:

México boss Sven-Göran Eriksson confirmed on Monday that 23-year-old Club América goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa will start in the goal in Wednesday's friendly against Chile. El Tri's No. 1, Oswaldo Sánchez, was not selected for the friendly due to club commitments with Santos.

Despite constantly playing backup, Ochoa indicated that he has the capacity to win the starting goalkeeper spot on the national team and will train harder than ever to get to the World Cup South Africa 2010 in optimal condition.

"Without a doubt the objective is to be in South Africa," stated 'Memo.' "I train to be at the top, to play, to be selected and for when the coach decides. I want to be on the national team, always be considered and be in the perfect condition to represent our country in all tournaments. Things are accomplished by working for them."

Ochoa made his international debut on December 2005 in a friendly against Hungary and since then has earned 15 international call-ups. At the age of 20, he was selected as third-choice goalkeeper for the 2006 World Cup in Germany by former México boss Ricardo LaVolpe.