- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico has confirmed it has hired Juan Carlos Osorio as the new head coach of its national soccer team.

The Mexican Football Federation said Saturday that Osorio would sign a contract early next week and appear at a news conference on Wednesday.

The Colombian stepped down as coach of Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC last week after a five-month stint.

Ricardo Ferretti took over Mexico coaching duties on an interim basis in July after the dismissal of former manager Miguel Herrera, who was accused of punching a television reporter at an airport two days after winning the Gold Cup.

Mexico faces the United States on Saturday in Pasadena, California, in a playoff game for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

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