Mexico‘s 2017 will kickoff on Wednesday, February 8 when they square off against Iceland in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be a non-FIFA date exhibition, so there will be no European based players in the call-up. Yet, this will be a time for Juan Carlos Osorio to assess some players who will be fighting between Gold Cup and Confederations Cup duties this summer, along with major spots in World Cup qualifiers.
Here are the names Osorio has called…
Goalkeepers: Hugo González, Alfredo Talavera, Jesús Corona
Defenders: Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Raúl López, Rafael Márquez, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala, Oswaldo Alanís, Luis Reyes
Midfielders: Orbelín Pineda, Jesús Dueñas, Jürgen Damm, Erick Gutíerrez, Jesús Gallardo, Luis Montes
Forwards: Hirving Lozano, Alan Pulido, Elías Hernández, Ángel Zaldívar, Giovani dos Santos
It’s a nice mix of regulars and young names for Juan Carlos Osorio. Hugo González gets his first senior team call-up, which is great to see. This would be a perfect scenario for him to get his first start, as well.
The defense has an array of old and new; 19-year-old Edson Álvarez of Club América gets his first senior team call for Mexico, however, we do not see the other Liga MX up and coming defender in Cesar Montes of Monterrey. This would have been a good time to see them both on the field, getting senior team minutes and showcasing their skill.
The midfield and forward situation was the most predictable of the positions. No real surprise names on the Mexico roster, but it will be good to see if these players can link up against their European foe on February 8.
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