Jose Juan “JJ” Macias:
When the September friendlies National Team call ups were announced many in the media were clamoring for JJ Macias. The youngster has been making waves recently in Liga MX and many thought September would be his time to finally reach the senior men’s side. Manager Tata Martino did not call up JJ and instead went with a more senior side composed of many European based players and Gold Cup 2019 standouts.
Some of you have asked us “who is JJ Macias?” Let us introduce you to him. He is sure to feature for the senior side soon.
JJ Macias is a 19 year old professional player currently playing for Club Leon. He turns 20 on September 22, 2019. Macias registered with Chivas de Guadalajara as a youth prospect and successfully completed his development through the U13, U15, and U17 youth teams. At 17, then coach Matias Almeyda, called up the youngster and put him on the first team. JJ Macias made his official debut as a professional in 2017 against Tigres in the Campeon de Campeones Cup. He later scored his first professional goal against FC Juarez that same year.
The promising JJ was shipped out on loan to Club Leon for the 2018-2019 season. This is where is gets complicated. The loan included a buy option that could be exercised unilaterally by Leon. Chivas did not expect JJ Macias to explode in Liga MX like he did. The striker helped Leon reach the Liga MX final with 10 goals in 18 appearances but he didn’t play in the final two legs because of U20 World Cup National Team duties.
After a disastrous U20 World Cup, where even starlet Diego Lainez failed to impress, the big question was whether JJ Macias was a one season wonder or was he the “real deal” future Mexican striker everyone craved. The verdict is still out but with 7 goals in 6 matches JJ Macias doesn’t just lead Mexican strikers in Liga MX, he leads all strikers in Liga MX. Thats a pretty amazing feat for a 19 year old. Especially considering he netted 2 penalty kicks against his former side, and current holders of his contract, Chivas de Guadalajara.
Many argued that his impressive form surely guaranteed a call up in September, but Tata did not call him. Instead JJ Macias was announced for the mini training camp of local young players being hosted at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Mexico City. This one week mini-camp surely means that JJ Macias has a future with Mexico as Tata is taking great care to walk the player through the proper development. JJ seems to be in line future call ups for Nations League Play and the Olympic team qualification.
On the club side, there is huge talk of JJ Macias heading over to Europe at the end of this season. However, with Chivas owning the player card, and Leon with an option to buy, the question remains as to how JJ can get to Europe without being overvalued by Liga MX clubs. Talks between Leon and Chivas broke down in June when Chivas refused to budge on the $15mmd price tag. Should Leon exercise the option at $15mmd, or anything above $10mmd, it seems rather unlikely that Leon would be able to sell JJ Macias to Europe and still make a profit.
Regardless, for now we can enjoy watching JJ Macias tear it up in Liga MX and hopefully with the senior Mexican side soon.
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