Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has urged the CONCACAF teams to raise their level before the 2026 World Cup.
By India Today Web Desk: Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa believes the CONCACAF players must gain valuable experience in Europe, and national teams require meaningful competition before the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
Ochoa called for an action plan that includes giving regional teams more opportunities to compete in various continental competitions, as all three countries are expected to compete in the tournament as co-hosts.
“I hope we can get to go to the Asian Cup, Copa America, not just play friendlies in the United States. That’s not going to benefit us,” Ochoa told ESPN.
“There are things to build and add, there are talented people who have to push and go to Europe.”
At least two teams from each of the confederations of Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe are currently competing in the World Cup in Qatar, whereas CONCACAF only has one team left in the competition, the United States, which was eliminated by the Netherlands.
Keylor Navas of Paris St. Germain, a goalkeeper from Costa Rica, echoed Ochoa’s sentiments and emphasised the necessity of young athletes competing in top European leagues.
“Hopefully all the youngsters can compete at a high level every Sunday and not just in a World Cup,” Navas said.