From MLS to Liga MX: goalkeeper David Ochoa leaves the United States to reach Mexico

From MLS to Liga MX: goalkeeper David Ochoa leaves the United States to reach Mexico

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For the first time in his career, the call to be one of the successors of Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa in the Mexican National Team, the Mexican-American goalkeeper David Ochoa will arrive in San Luis as a reinforcement for the Clausura 2023 Mexican soccer tournament that will be will start in January.

I’m very happy. Ready to work hard and bring joy to the fans. From San Luis I was seduced by the project and the trust they placed in me,” said the 21-year-old goalkeeper on Tuesday, who seeks to be the goalkeeper of the future for the Mexican team.

Ochoa was born in Oxnard, California (USA) and at the beginning of his career he represented the American team in tournaments such as the U20 World Cup and the Concacaf Pre-Olympic past.

However, the Argentine Gerardo Martino, coach of Mexico, invited him to the previous concentration of the last Gold Cup and after that experience he opted for, at an absolute level, wearing the tricolor colors of his parents.

“After three days (at the concentration), I knew that I would make the change. I felt valued not for the goalkeeper that I am now, but for the goalkeeper that I can be”, he explained. the ex-goalkeeper of the American Real Salt Lake in The Players Tribune.

The element He was formed in the Salt Lake youth academy, a team in which he made his debut in 2020 in the MLS. In the Utah team, he made saves in 30 games, in which he conceded 46 goals and left six clean sheets, in addition to standing out as a revelation that put him in Martino’s orbit.

He was with this club until July 2022, when he abandoned it when he had no activity in the MLS that year and was not even able to train.

“For those who ask. Yes, I’m still a Real Salt Lake player. I’m just not allowed to train with the team and I can’t leave.”Ochoa revealed on his Instagram account.

After passing through Salt Lake, the goalkeeper signed with DC United, a team in which he started in the last months of 2022 until he was confirmed as a free agent and decided to get out of American football.

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