The transfer market is still in full swing and several teams are looking to strengthen themselves in the best possible way, as well as incorporate players with future prospects. The latter occurs at a young promise of MLS which is disputed by Barcelona, Manchester United, Monaco and several Mexican teams. He is also the desire of Wayne Rooney. Where will it end?
It is David OchoaGoalkeeper of American origin, naturalized Mexican. He is 21 years old and currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer. After a good season with the Utah team, he has lost importance in the current competition and could leave during the current transfer window.
He doesn’t play much in the RSL (AP/Ted S. Warren).
EVERYBODY WANTS 1
In the past it has been rumored that the keeper could land at Fulham, Bournemouth, West Ham, KV Kortrijk, Cádiz and Real Sociedad in what would be his first experience on the Old Continent as a professional. Now he has new suitors who are interested in his services.
As reported by Major League Soccer journalist Tom Bogert for The Guardian Sport, Ochoa is on the radar of Barcelona, Monaco and United. Note that the player has already gone through the Red Devils in 2018, when he was on trial. And he is also wanted on Aztec soil…..
Everyone is fighting to keep it. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
Culé’s situation seems to be the most viable. Apparently, his compatriot Rafa Marquezcurrent coach of the Blaugrana reserve team, wants to take him to Spain. “FC Barcelona is one of the clubs interested in Real Salt Lake and Mexico for David Ochoa, I was told. Possible for Barcelona B »Bogert said.
In Mexico, it is also in the crosshairs of the European Commission. America, Xolos de Tijuana and Atlético San Luis. The 1 has already chosen to represent Mexico despite being born in California, USA, and is aiming to earn consideration from the EU. Gerardo Martino to go to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
STAYING IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?
Multiple reports surfaced in MLS on Thursday that Ochoa would remain in the North American tournament. Apparently, Wayne Rooney wants the goalkeeper to become his first substitute at DC United. What is certain is that he would not stay at Real Salt Lake – where would he go?
Rooney covets it too. (David Berding/AFP)
Early on, Ochoa represented the United States, became the starting goaltender in the pre-Olympic tournament, and it was Des McAleenan who was the coach that shaped his life. “Des was the only coach in the United States that I really built a relationship with. He knew all the coaches in the Mexican league. We were talking about games, saves, everything. He would come and hug me, he would hold me, he trusted me and I trusted him all my life,” he said in a 2021 interview.
In February last year, Des McAleenan committed suicide and Ochoa was left without his mentor. His life changed and that’s why he chose to represent Mexico. After many questions about his identity, he says he’s decided he can never be 100% American or Mexican, so it’s all about feeling as comfortable as possible. “There is something in me that tells me that my home is with Mexican players. They make me feel what I feel when I’m with my friends at Oxnard. They even remind me of how I felt when Des was alive. This is how I want to feel, I want to feel loved and at home,” he concluded.
On the official website of the Mexican Federation they published: « David Ochoa, through the Mexican Football Federation, has submitted a request to the corresponding FIFA authorities to be able to change the federation, since the goalkeeper was previously registered with the American federation. Upon receipt of the communication from FIFA, David Ochoa will be able to represent the Mexican national team”.