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Jonathan Orozco: We have the material to compete in this Gold Cup

07 de June del 2019 9:25 am.

Jonathan Orozco has returned to the Mexican National Team as one of three goalkeepers on Gerardo Martino’s team to compete in the 2019 Gold Cup.

The 33-year-old Santos keeper, who completed his 400th game in first division this year and was the Mexican player with the most passes from goal on target in the 2019 Clausura, returned to the international stage for Mexico’s national team, where he played 90 minutes in El Tri’s 3-1 win over Venezuela Wednesday night in Atlanta.

“I am content to have had participation today despite the goal,” he said after the game.  “The team played notably. I really like what coach “Tata” (Martino) does, he provides different options, I love to play with my feet and he gives those options and I think this is the way.

“Venezuela is a great team and for a reason Argentina was unable to beat them. We see their prior stats and the level they have and I think (Mexico) had a great game - it had the ball, it had the arrival, and I think it's the fair winner.”

Orozco, speaking favorably about Mexico’s quality, received his call to the national team in 2019 after Martino assumed the reigns as head coach, and affirmed the team’s capability to compete in the 2019 edition of the Gold Cup.

“Obviously there are teammates who have had more time with the national team or have been more consistent,” he said, “but one has his years playing, as well.  One has to support (the others), there are many who are very young like in the case of "Piojito" (Roberto Alvarado) who had a great game and is only 20 years old. It's there that you realize that there are players with a great quality and you have to use them in the best way so that they do their best. It's like he said in his press conference: Tata is calm because he knows he has material to compete in this Gold Cup. There are players with a great technical quality and that's what he likes, so I think we've had a good balance, we hope to close (preparation) in Dallas with a win and prepare ourselves for the Gold Cup.”

Mexico will face Ecuador on Sunday in Arlington, Texas before setting off for Los Angeles, Calif. on June 10, where they’ll open their Gold Cup participation against Cuba at the Rose Bowl on June 15. From there, the team will face Canada in Denver, Col. on June 19, and Martinique in Charlotte, NC on June 23.