Texan Santiago Munoz leads Mexico to 5-0 win with hat trick at Concacaf U-17 Championship

El Paso, Texas, product Santiago Munoz, who moved to Mexico's Santos after being discovered at the 2017 Alianza de Futbol showcase, scored a hat trick on Sunday to lead Mexico to a 5-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago at the Concacaf U-17 Men's Championship in Bradenton, Florida.

Munoz, who also scored in the 5-0 win over Jamaica, received offers from three MLS clubs (Houston, Seattle and the LA Galaxy) in addition to six Mexican clubs.

Fellow American Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy) and Munoz have combined for six of the 11 goals Mexico has scored in its three wins at the Concacaf championship. It has moved into the round of 16 against Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Three other round-of-16 matches have been set: El Salvador-Jamaica, Haiti-Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago-Honduras.

The USA has already clinched a spot in the knockout stage and only needs a tie against Guatemala on Monday to win the Group F title and set up a date in the round of 16 against Guadeloupe. The winners of the four quarterfinal games on May 12 advance to the 2019 Under-17 World Cup in Brazil.

4 comments about "Texan Santiago Munoz leads Mexico to 5-0 win with hat trick at Concacaf U-17 Championship".
  1. Craig Cummings, May 6, 2019 at 9:34 p.m.

    How many other top usa propects are we going to lose to mexican nats teams on the mens sides. more then half of mexicos goals scored by american born players  very SAD for USA soccer. Someone from US  soccer needs to talk to these boys and many others born here. We need these kids.

  2. Ric Fonseca replied, May 7, 2019 at 4:34 p.m.

    Mr. Cummings:  This is exactly what we've been saying and asking US Soccer for now almost the past three decades!!!

  3. Ric Fonseca replied, May 7, 2019 at 4:35 p.m.

    ... and BTW,the Alianza group was originally established by Brad Rothenberg and associates, yes, the son of former WC USA and US Soccer President Alan Rothenberg.  Go figure.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, May 8, 2019 at 9:36 a.m.

    The difficulty lies in how people see the game. Is soccer a power sport, i.e., the NFL with a round ball, or is it sport of skill like basketball? I am exagerating a bit to make the contrast clear. How the coaches see the sport influences the type of players they select. A coach is more likely to appreciate the importance of skill if the coach has played as an attacker at a high level for coaches that emphasized skills.

    Common experiences generally produce shared views, but I see it as a trend not a bright line. The problem is not just values, but knowing how to coach skill-based play without ever having experienced it first hand.

    To effect change, USSF either needs to change their view of the game or else change their managers and coaches to people with a different view. Otherwise we will see 3 more decades of the status quo.  

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