New York Red Bulls

Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

Players from Mexican national team ignore their coach, join MLS

Juan Carlos Osorio pulled a chair up to the breakfast table, pointed a fork at his inquisitor and cleared up a misunderstanding before cleaning up his eggs.

“I was misquoted as saying I don’t like the MLS,” the Mexican national team coach said this spring. “No. I never said that. I said it’s a strong league.”

There’s no misunderstanding Osorio’s preference that his players stay in Europe through next summer’s World Cup instead of coming to MLS.

And since he’s the guy who will be picking the Mexican roster, his words carry weight.

“I would prefer my players to play in Europe,” he said. “In the top leagues.”

Yet in the last several weeks, two of Mexico’s ...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World