Remembering Vicente Matias Vuoso’s last Mexico game

Around a decade ago before the players, the likes of Julio Furch at a moment’s notice would tease changing nationalities and playing for the Mexican National Team. There was talented Vicente Matias Vuoso.

Coming off pretty good performances in the Early 2000s with America and Santos Laguna where he was a goalscoring threat. Argentine Vicente Vuoso had some amazing season with Santos Laguna. Winning the scoring title for the whole year of 2005, for both Clausura and Apertura tournaments.

People forget Vicente Vuoso displaced future Mexico Goal scorer record holder Jared Borghetti from his place in that Santos squad. Current Chivas coach and former Santos Laguna & America coach Luis Fernando Tena had the utmost faith in Vicente Vuoso to get the job done in the final half. This was seen with a move to America in 2006 when Fernando Tena received the coaching job thereafter leaving Santos Laguna.

CHARLOTTE, NC – MARCH 24: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson #9 of Iceland tries to stop Vicente Vuoso #9 of Mexico during an international friendly at Bank of America Stadium on March 24, 2010, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Vuoso changed teams and the production faded with only a handful of goals in 20 matches with America. He then was taken back by Santos for a second run and ended up winning the 2008 Clausura. On top of winning he had almost 100 goals in his 7-year span until 2010 in Liga MX. This garnered attention for the player who changed his nationality in 2004. Sven Goran Erikkson was paying attention calling him up to the Mexico National Team in 2008. He wouldn’t score his first goal for Mexico until October of 2008 with a header in a Mexico win against Canada. Which was huge securing a tie against Canada during World Cup Qualifying

He would get called up again a year later but the game that most people remember him for is the game against Chile in the 2015 Edition of the Copa America. Now this rendition of the Copa America was a disaster for the Mexican National Team, only having 2 points and not passing onto the knockout round. Two teams were made, and the lowlier looking side was sent to the Copa America due to Mexico wanting to secure a Gold Cup Victory in the U.S. For these reasons Raul Jimenez and Matias Vuoso were sent to the tournament where a Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez would have obviously started. Making way for Vicente Vuoso to play with the National Team after a 5-year absence stretching from 2010 to 2015.

Now that those circumstances are known. Vicente Vuoso and Mexico take the game to Chile with great talent on a counter-attack displayed by Jesus Tecatito Corona rushing the left side of the field on a run into Raul Jimenez at the corner right of the box who lays it up for Vicente Vuoso for an easy finish by the left goal post. Chile responds and so does Raul Jimenez with a rainbow of a header near the edge of the box to beat Chilean Keeper Omar Bravo, Mexico up 2-1.

Chile responds again, and again but this time the 3rd goal is penalty caused by G. Flores. Mexico down 3-2 in the 55th minute Then 10 minutes later Vicente Vuoso decided to make a run on the right side of the field, catching Chile off guard and with a beautiful ball delivered over the top Vicente Vuoso line drives the ball after beating the keeper watching the ball bounce in wheeling away in celebration as a Chilean defender attempted to stop the ball.

Mexico would hold the tie securing a point to fall last in the group and not entering the knockout round, while the “A” team that was sent to the Gold Cup in the U.S ended up winning it. It was a bittersweet moment as it would be one of the few times and last times we saw him dawn el Tri-Color, but for that day he was more Mexican than all of us.