Miguel Herrera Hired As Mexico’s Head Coach, Will Lead ‘El Tri’ at 2014 World Cup

Miguel HerreraMiguel Herrera got the job.

The 45-year-old is no longer the interim head coach of Mexico’s men’s national soccer team. He became the permanent head coach of “El Tri” on Monday and he’ll lead Mexico at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, according to FIFA.com.

“The plan is that Miguel Herrera will be in Brazil and will continue for Russia 2018,” Mexico’s national team director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu said.

Herrera helped rescue Mexico’s disastrous World Cup qualification campaign when he assumed the role of interim head coach in mid-October and guided El Tri past past New Zealand in a World Cup playoff in November. As reported on Nov. 20, the owners of Mexico’s Liga MX (first division) teams met and confirmed Herrera’s appointment.

Defending Liga MX champion Club America loaned Herrera to the Mexican national team for the two-game playoff against New Zealand. He will continue as America’s head coach through Liga MX playoffs, which end in mid-December, before taking charge of Mexico on a full-time basis.

Mexico will discover its World Cup opponents on Friday when FIFA holds the World Cup draw. The tournament runs from June 12 through July 13, and Mexico players, fans and businesses hope Herrera can keep his team in the World Cup for as long as possible.

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