Eric Gomez writes that considering Mexico's strong under-20 squad, the team's history of success and the absence of traditional powerhouses competing at the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey, El Tri is poised to win another major tournament.
Doug McIntyre looks back at 2012 to identify the top five USMNT moments of the year, including a youth-led draw with ninth-ranked Russia and the Americans' first win against Mexico in Estadio Azteca (with a B team, no less).
Brent Latham writes that despite high expectations for El Tri's upcoming under-20 World Cup qualifiers, the team's deep player pool and recent success make it a favorite to win the regional qualifier and contend for Turkey 2013.
Brent Latham explains the issue with the impending break of the FMF and the Mexican league. With the two entities separated, the federation loses its most powerful tool for ensuring that youth soccer is properly prioritized in Mexico.
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre look at the U.S. team's commitment to the 4-3-3. While the formation has been pushed on American soccer, it will be interesting to see if the U.S. wavers when World Cup qualifying comes around.
Brent Latham explains why El Tri is expanding its recruiting efforts into the U.S., namely that the national team thinks it's found a relatively untapped source of Mexican youth talent in a place few El Tri scouts have ventured until recently.