Video: Mexico striker Matias Vuoso goes from Manchester City flop to national team saviour

Matias Vuoso made his name playing alongside Diego Forlan in Argentina before moving to Manchester City where he failed to play a single game.

Mexico are alive and kicking in the Copa America after a 3-3 draw with hosts Chile and they have a player cast aside by Manchester City to thank for it.

Ask Sky Blues fans to recall Matias Vuoso's time at the Etihad and even the most ardent of supporters would struggle to recall much about the Argentina-born Mexico international.

Brought to Eastlands from Independiente, Vuoso had previously thrived as part of a partnership with Diego Forlan and City saw as an opportunity.

But while the Uruguayan would head to Manchester United for £6.9 million in what would prove to be a disappointing spell at Old Trafford, Vuoso's time in Manchester was even worse.

Signed by City for £3.5 million just six months after Forlan's Argentina exit, Vuoso would never get the same first-team opportunities and was instead sent out on loan to Santos Laguna after just one year at the club with no appearances to his name.

Perhaps he failed to impress in training or struggled to adapt to life in England and the demands of the Premier League but for whatever the reason the deal simply didn't work out.

Vuoso would never return to Europe either, instead impressing for Santos Laguna, America and Atlas.

Worst of all, his most headline-grabbing contribution came after he, along with then-teammates Djamel Belmadi and Daniel Van Buyten, were victims of a theft from two Co-Operative Bank workers who stole some £350,000 before later being caught and jailed.

Capped by El Tri infrequently from 2008 onwards, few could have expected Vuoso to appear at the Copa America this summer.

But with Miguel Herrera opting to send a second-string side to the tournament and give priority to the Gold Cup later this summer, Vuoso found himself in the Mexico squad for a series of warm-up friendlies and the South American tournament.

It was decision that left Mexico fans equally bemused – Vuoso hadn't scored on the international stage since 2009 – but few are questioning Herrera's wisdom now.

The star performer and Man of the Match for Mexico in their battling 3-3 draw with Chile, Vuoso scored twice for El Tri to give the national side a great chance of progressing to the knock-out stages.

In both instances, Vuoso showed the kind of predatory penalty box skills and timing that must have once convinced City to take a gamble on the forward.

Now 33, this Copa America could prove to be something of a swansong for the 5ft 10in forward with time fast running out on his career.

But, like his old teammate Forlan, Vuoso could be about to show football fans in Manchester that he is more than just a Premier League flop.

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