Mexico Goalie Ochoa Seeks New Soccer Club After Denying BrazilAlex Duff
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa denied Brazil a goal at the World Cup with a standout performance that may boost his earning power as he seeks a new club for next season.
Ochoa made four “spectacular” goal-line saves, preventing the record five-time champion and host doing better than a 0-0 draw in Fortaleza yesterday, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told a news conference.
Ochoa, 28, is a free agent after quitting Corsica-based Ajaccio after it was relegated from France’s Ligue 1 in April. He said he had “several” offers from teams even before the Brazil game, without identifying them.
One of the offers is from AC Milan, Fox Sports reported in April, citing his agent Jorge Berlenga.
“You’ll have to speak to Berlenga” about that, Ochoa told reporters after the match. “I’ve got to be fully focused on the World Cup.”
Ochoa pushed Neymar’s header away, almost colliding with the goal post, and then came off his line to block Paulinho’s shot. In the second half, he stopped a 10-yard (nine-meter) strike by Neymar and parried a goal-bound header by Thiago Silva.
A non-playing squad member at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Ochoa joined Ajaccio from Mexico’s Club America in 2011. He said playing away from the public glare in his home country has added him develop.
“It’s helped me,” Ochoa said. “I’ve been able to work on my game and be with my family.”