The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) officially announced today that Gerardo “Tata” Martino has been hired as coach of the Mexican national team.
The head coaching position has been vacant since Juan Carlos Osorio’s departure after the 2018 World Cup last summer, with Ricardo Ferretti serving as the interim coach during Mexico’s fall friendlies.
Martino has previous national team experience with Argentina and Paraguay, who he led to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup, although his most recent job was in club soccer. Martino guided Atlanta United to the 2018 MLS Cup title before leaving the club to sign on with El Tri.
The 56-year-old’s debut with Mexico will come on March 22nd when El Tri takes on Chile in a friendly in San Diego, followed by a match against Paraguay – now coached by Osorio – on the 26th.