[OLYMPIC QUALIFYING]You could call Miguel Ponceanother one who got away, but the American-born midfielder was the hero of Mexico's 2-1 win over Honduras in the final of the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament with the winning goal in overtime.
Ponce, who also scored in Mexico's semifinal win over Canada that clinched a berth at the London Olympics, plays for Guadalajara, which he joined at the age of 15.
He was born in Sacramento but moved to Mexico before he was 1. He moved from Guadalajara to Tijuana when he was 10 and crossed the border to attend school in the San Diego suburbs. He had completed his freshman year at San Ysidro High School when Chivas scouts spotted him.
Ponce told concacaf.com that he might have played for the USA in different circumstances but that Mexico asked him to play first.
Mexico's under-23 team will be the most tested squad in the London Olympics. Last summer, it played in the Copa America and later in the year it took part in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.