Juan Carlos Osorio Stepping down as Mexico National Team Manager

Juan Carlos Osorio. Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

Juan Carlos Osorio is stepping down as manager of Mexico national soccer team. This was confirmed by Mexican soccer federation (FMF) on Friday.

“We thank [Osorio] for his dedication, passion, commitment and affection that he showed and with which he prepared for each one of the games he was in charge of the Mexican national team, as well as his frankness and honesty in his decision not to be considered a candidate for the next World Cup cycle,” – said FMF in a statement.

Reportedly, FMF offered Juan Carlos Osorio a new contract following the 2018 World Cup, but the 56-year-old Colombian decided to reject the offer and search for a new challenge.
Under Osorio, Mexico played great football and delivered a spectacular 1-0 win over Germany at 2018 World Cup. Still, they were no match for Brazil in the round of 16, suffering a 0-2 defeat.

“I’m 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,” – said Osorio in a statement.

Osorio spent three years at the helm of Mexico national team and recorded 33 wins, 10 losses, and nine ties.

Even before he left Mexico, Juan Carlos Osorio was linked with Colombia national team head-coaching job if Jose Pekerman decides to leave the post. He was also linked with the vacant United States job. Osorio might be the right guy to coach USMNT because he has an experience of coaching MLS teams. He coached Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls.