• Friday Feb 02, 2018

    Alanis pleased to be back with Mexico

    Oswaldo Alanis (pictured) played in four matches during Mexico’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photos: Mexsport)

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas - As the Mexico players left the Alamodome locker room after Wednesday's 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, Oswaldo Alanis had perhaps the most relieved look among his teammates.

    The Guadalajara standout has yet to make his 2018 Liga MX Clausura debut due to a contractual matter, but he started and played the first 45 minutes to earn his 21st cap.

    "I have to thank the coach (Juan Carlos Osorio) and the value that he gives to decisions that a footballer makes, so I'm happy that things have worked out like they have," said Alanis. "I'm grateful for the chance, with the awareness that we are working hard. We are trying to get our rhythm because of not having played in a while, but everything was good above all."

    It will be important for Chivas and Mexico that the 28-year-old plays regularly as soon as possible.

    In addition to a key stretch of Liga MX fixtures starting Friday at Puebla, 15th-place Guadalajara will begin its 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign on February 22 at the Dominican Republic's Cibao FC.

    Alanis is hopeful that all the wrinkles will be ironed out soon.

    "Yes, certain things were tough for me, specific things, but those that can be fixed with getting up to speed," he finished.

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