Giovani dos Santos had an interesting chat with Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio earlier this week, one that might just mark his long-awaited return to action with the Selección.
The last time that Gio featured with El Tri was during the Gold Cup. He failed to make the squad under Tuca Ferretti for the big 3-2 win over the U.S. last October, and was equally unsuccessful in pursuit of receiving a call up from JCO for the start of World Cup qualifiers (aka this historic win over Honduras). Now, the LA Galaxy crack is hoping to be included as a part of his country’s Copa América Centenario roster.
“I spoke with him yesterday; it’s true that we spoke. It’s a conversation between the both of us,” Gio told assembled media. “I can tell that he is a very educated person,” he added. “By working hard and sacrificing, I think I’ll get my call.”
“The only thing I can do is prepare myself physically to be 100 percent ready,” he went on to explain to FOX Sports. “Obviously from a very young age I’ve always dreamed of being in the Selección.”
Mexico’s next match will take place on February 10 in Miami, a friendly against Senegal. Given that it’s not a fecha FIFA, it could be Gio’s time to shine in the absence of his Europe-based compatriots. 2016 marks a wildly busy year for El Tri with Centenario, Olympics, and World Cup qualifying madness (which we’re beyond excited to follow), so it’s crucial that the forward regain his position in JCO’s side if he hopes to compete for consistent playing time at the international level.
P.S.: Big news, fam. Looks like we might soon be seeing los dos dos Santos bros in LA. ?