The veteran center-back has returned from his international stint and knows he will have to fight to keep his place at El Tri
Hector Moreno has admitted that his move back to Liga MX was partly motivated by the desire to secure a starting place for the 2022 World Cup with Mexico.
Now in Monterrey, after a stint with Al-Gharafa in Qatar, the 33-year-old could face a difficult battle to keep his place on the team. El Tri fought defensively in the Gold Cup and finally lost 1-0 to the USA in the final. He needs to improve his form at the club level to improve his inventory.
But a leg injury sustained in the USMNT loss threatened to put his Monterrey debut on hold 14 years after he first left Liga MX to pursue his ambitions abroad as a youngster.
What was said
“My biggest dream is to be at the next World Cup,” said Moreno via TUDN . “[Monterrey is a] Club where you have all the tools where I can hold myself as physically as possible.
“I made the decision to go to Qatar two years ago, where I’ve had a spectacular life, but it wasn’t the best in terms of football.
“But now I have to relax and fight [for my place], because very capable people come to the national team and I want to keep playing. It will depend on the coaching staff, on my football here in Rayados, to continue in the national team. It’s my dream and my goal and I will work for it. “
Commenting on his injury, Moreno added: “Tomorrow we will do some tests to see the level of injury. I hope it is the minimum as I am looking forward to joining the team.
“If I can’t be on the field from the start because I’m recovering, I’ll try to do my best to support my team-mates.”
Mexico’s World Cup qualification plan
After a terrible summer losing two finals to the USMNT, El Tri will attempt to bounce back in World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica on September 2nd.
A rematch with the Stars and Stripes will take place on November 12th.