Juan Carlos Osorio won’t be coaching Mexico in the 2022 World Cup cycle. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
Juan Carlos Osorio has told the Mexican Football Federation that he won’t sign on for another cycle as national coach.
The former Red Bulls head coach directed El Tri into the Round of 16 of the World Cup, losing to Sweden.
“After a period of reflection, deep analysis and various conversations between Juan Carlos Osorio and the Mexican Football Federation, Professor Osorio has decided not to be considered a possible candidate for technical director of the national team of Mexico for the 2018-2022 season,” the federation said in a statement.
“We appreciate the dedication, passion, commitment and affection with which he acted and prepared each of the games in which he was in charge of the national team of Mexico, as well as his candor and honesty in making his decision not to be considered a candidate for the next World Cup.”
During his three-year tenure in charge of El Tri, Osorio guided the team to the CONCACAF hexagonal crown and the team to a 33-10-9 record in 52 games.
Osorio reportedly has received several coaching offers from other countries, but nothing from the U.S., at least not yet.
He coach the Staten Island Vipers in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League, was an assistant coach of the MetroStars, was head coach of the Chicago Fire in 2007 and then took over the fortunes of the Red Bulls from 2000-09, directing the team to MLS Cup in his first season.
Osorio also has coached Millonarios and Once Caldas in his native Colombia, Atletico Nacional (Uruguay), Puebla (Mexico) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).