Muñoz with América in 2012
|Full name||Moisés Alberto Muñoz Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||1 February 1980|
|Place of birth||Aguililla, Michoacán, Mexico|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 February 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Moisés Alberto Muñoz Rodríguez (born 1 February 1980) is a Mexican footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Liga MX club América. Muñoz began his career in 1999 with Monarcas Morelia playing in over 200 matches for the club, before eventually moving to Atlante in 2010. In 2011 he was sold to América.
Muñoz was born in Morelia, Michoacán, on 1 February 1980. Muñoz speaks English fluently having been educated in Northern California during his formative years, attending elementary school and junior high school in Redwood City as an undocumented child of migrant workers. He never legalized his status in the US, but his parents have U.S. resident status and live in San Jose. He returned to Mexico before high school and by age 19 was playing for his hometown club in Morelia.
Moisés Muñoz made his league debut with Monarcas Morelia on 19 September 1999 against Pachuca. Morelia won the Invierno 2000 league tournament, achieving their first league title against Toluca, with Muñoz failing to appear in a match. A native of the city of Morelia, he became a mainstay in the team, with his eleven years at the club one of the longest for a goalkeeper in the league. He played in 282 matches before being transferred to Atlante in the 2010 Draft.
For the Apertura 2010 tournament, Muñoz joined Atlante in a trade for Argentine goalkeeper Federico Vilar. He would go on to be a permanent fixture for the club until his departure in 2011, making 53 league appearances.
On 25 November 2011, Muñoz was signed by league giants Club América. In his debut tournament with the club – the Clausura 2012 – he started in 21 games and played in 90 minutes in 20 of them (he was subbed off in the second half of the league match against Atlas).
In May 2013, Muñoz played his first league final with América, conceding the only goal in the 0–1 first-leg loss to Cruz Azul. His performance in the second-leg at the Estadio Azteca on 26 May helped América achieve a dramatic comeback after losing 0–1, 0–2 on aggregate, to tie the match 1–1 in the 88th minute with a goal from captain Aquivaldo Mosquera. In the 92nd minute, with seconds left of injury time, Muñoz scored a flying header off an Osvaldo Martínez corner, which deflected off Cruz Azul defender Alejandro Castro, to send the game into extra-time, and subsequently to a penalty shoot-out. He saved Javier Orozco's penalty kick, and América would go on to win the shoot-out 4–2 and win their eleventh league title. Muñoz's goal was lauded by the world media.
Muñoz has represented Mexico, mainly as an alternative-choice goalkeeper. His first international cap was in a friendly match against Ecuador on 27 October 2004. Muñoz was the second-choice goalkeeper in both the 2004 Copa América and the 2005 Confederations Cup. Muñoz was the starting goalkeeper during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Coach Ricardo LaVolpe included him in the preliminary squad for the 2006 World Cup, but he did not make it into the final 23-man list. Muñoz had also been called up as a backup goalkeeper by Hugo Sánchez and Sven-Göran Eriksson. His last call up was on 12 November 2008 for a friendly against Ecuador.
Five years after his last call up, Muñoz was selected by coach José Manuel de la Torre to Mexico's 2013 Gold Cup squad. On 14 July 2013, he was the starting goalkeeper for Mexico's final group stage match against Martinique, which Mexico won 3–1. During the match, Muñoz failed to save a penalty-kick from Kévin Parsemain. Later that year, after Miguel Herrera took over as national team coach, Muñoz was named the starting goalkeeper for the 2014 World Cup qualification playoff matches against New Zealand. He played in both matches as Mexico won the playoff 9–3 on aggregate.
Moisés Muñoz is the cousin of Morelia goalkeeper Carlos Felipe Rodríguez.
Muñoz has stated that had he not decided on playing professional football he would have played basketball or American football.
On 3 June 2012, while driving his Honda Odyssey through the highway that connects Mexico City with Guadalajara, Muñoz lost control of his vehicle and flipped it on to its roof. He was heading to Morelia, Michoacán at around 7:00 p.m. with his wife Verónica (née Castro Alfaro) and two kids, Héctor and Zafiro. All of them were taken to Ángeles del Pedregal hospital by helicopter – the same hospital where Salvador Cabañas, a former Paraguayan footballer and Club América player, was treated after being shot in the head. Apparently, the harsh rainfall in the area caused Muñoz to lose control of his vehicle. Moreover, according to reports by the Mexican Red Cross, Muñoz suffered from traumatic brain injury but was "stable and conscious." Originally, it was reported that Muñoz's health condition was serious, but had improved as he received medical attention. It was later stated that his head wound was not life-threatening, nor would it affect his playing career. Muñoz only had a head wound and never lost consciousness of what had happened.
Miguel Herrera, manager of Club América, stated in a press conference what Muñoz had personally told him:
I am very well. Fortunately, the doctors discarded any head fractures, and I am now boarding the helicopter and heading to Ángeles del Pedregal (the hospital). I will recover. Wait on me, Miguel.
— Moisés Muñoz
- "Moisés Muñoz profile" (in Spanish). Club América official website.
- Vargas, Juan Carlos (3 June 2012). "Reportan a Moisés Muñoz estable y consciente tras accidente". Excélsior (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- Zeigler, Mark. "Mexico's hope reflected on Moises Munoz". UT-San Diego. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- "Moisés Muñoz llega al América" (in Spanish). Diario Récord. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- Heydari, Keyvan Antonio (27 May 2013). "Mexico: Dramatic Final Anoints a Hero". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- Fortune, Matt (27 May 2013). "Mexico's 'Aguero moment'! Goalkeeper scores 93rd minute diving header then saves a penalty to claim league title". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- "World Cup: Moises Muñoz goes from NBA & NFL dreams to potential spot on Mexico roster". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Macías, Iván (3 June 2012). "Trasladan a Moisés Muñoz a hospital del DF". Milenio (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Muñoz sufrió accidente automovilístico". ESPN (in Spanish). 3 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- Terán, Juan Manuel (3 June 2012). "Moisés Muñoz sufrió accidente automovilístico". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Moisés Muñoz se encuentra estable y consciente tras accidente". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 3 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Moisés Muñoz, fuera de peligro: Médico de América". Univision (in Spanish). 3 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Estable el estado de salud de Moisés Muñoz: Cruz Roja". Yahoo! News (in Spanish). 3 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- González, Raymundo (3 June 2012). "'Aguántame Miguel', pidió Muñoz". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Moisés Muñoz.|
- Moisés Muñoz Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)