Memo Ochoa…Memorize That Name!
October 18, 2007
My South American connection, Paco (a very accomplished college goalkeeper in the States), threw a great message to me the other day to have a look at young Mexican international Memo Ochoa. Now, at only 23 years of age, this super goalkeeper has played at an elite level in Mexico, represented his nation, won a title with his club America at home and internationally…and there is still so much to watch from this exciting young goalkeeper. I’ll let the following video do most of the talking:
The kid is kind of funny looking, but he saves a ball better than some of the “best” in the business. A few things:
- Extremely Good Communication: Ochoa seems in perfect synch with his defensive line. Being able to manoeuvre your players for your own advantage, like Ochoa does, helps fortify any attempt on your goal. Ochoa knows how to use hand signals and verbal communication very powerfully and forcefully, which gives his back line extreme confidence, and it shows.
- Great Distribution: Ochoa seems to throw the ball out with great accuracy, which is vital in quick offensive plays, and a powerful tool for any goalkeeper to utilize when aiding their attack from counter plays.
- Excellent Positioning & Spatial Awareness: In many of the above snippets we see extremely confident positioning, and a strong awareness of his surrounding area. Ochoa can utilize his positioning to conserve energy when he needs it most. You don’t always have to dive for the ball! Sometimes great footwork and great positioning is all that is needed, to make a “great” save.
There are other brilliant aspects tp his game, like agility and great hand-eye co-ordination with his saves. Overall, Ochoa is a great goalkeeper to learn from, kind of like the South American Casillas! Muchas Gracias to Paco for introducing our readers to the powerful goalkeeping styles of the South Americans…believe me there is more to come!