Osorio to remain at Mexico helm

FMF general secretary Guillermo Cantu (pictured) attends a press conference on June 23, 2016, in Mexico City. Photo: Mexsport)

MEXICO CITY – In the hours and days following Mexico’s elimination from the Copa America Centenario at the hands of eventual-finalist Chile -- a 7-0 quarterfinal loss on June 18 -- speculation grew about the future of head coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

That future was made clear at a press conference on Thursday, when the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) announced the 55-year-old will continue in his position.

“We have all been left with something to owe, but we have decided to continue with the project we chose in October,” FMF general secretary Guillermo Cantu told reporters. “The results in this Copa America are a failure, but in the project for Russia 2018, we will have to have confidence in the work of the team under the leadership of Juan Carlos Osorio.

“We need to acknowledge mistakes and correct them, but, at the same time, build on our reality. Removing the whole group would be an easy and short-term solution.”

Cantu also addressed the criticism of Osorio’s squad-rotation policy.

“Rotations are inevitable,” he said. “There are moments where you more or less have to make them through injury, sometimes through suspension, and sometimes to give playing time to players that don't play regularly.”

The loss to Chile ended Mexico’s record unbeaten run of 22 games, including a 9W-1D-0L mark under Osorio.