Juan Carlos Osorio
, popular with his players but unliked by many in the media and fans, has stepped down as Mexico's men's national team coach after rejecting a new contract.
was hired in 2015 and stayed on after Mexico lost to Chile, 7-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa Centenario. He took a veteran Mexico team to the second round of the 2018 World Cup but will now
look for other employment.
Born in Colombia and educated in the United States, where he coached in MLS (Chicago and the New York Red Bulls), Osorio has been mentioned as a candidate for
the U.S. and Colombian national team coaching jobs.
In a statement issued by the Mexican federation, Osorio said he was "using this message to send my sincerest thanks to Mexico fans, to
the Mexican federation, to the employees in the high-performance center and, especially, to all the players with whom I had the privilege to work with during this period as head coach of the Mexican
national team, a job I carried out with commitment, passion and pride."
Mexico beat defending champion Germany, 1-0, in its opening game in Russia and then defeated South Korea, 2-1. If
the Germany win was one of El Tri's greatest triumphs ever, a 3-0 loss to Sweden was its worst defeat in 40 years. El Tri only advanced to the second round when Germany couldn't beat South Korea, and
it exited quietly with a 2-0 loss to Brazil.
Mexico is off until September when it plays Uruguay in Houston and the USA in Nashville.