Mexico is back in action on January 31, in San Antonio, Texas, where they will square-off with Bosnia Herzagovina in a non-FIFA friendly. Juan Carlos Osorio is narrowing his list down more and more as the countdown to Russia 2018 gets shorter.
Here are the players Juan Carlos Osorio has called up…
Goalkeepers: Gibrán Lajud, Jonathan Orozco, Rodolfo Cota
Defenders: Edson Álvarez, Jesús Gallardo, Néstor Araujo, Hugo Ayala, Luis Rodríguez, César Montes, Oswaldo Alanís
Midfielders: Jonathan González, Javier Aquino, Rodolfo Pizarro, Orbelín Pineda, Burrito Hernández, Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos, Jürgen Damm*, Elías Hernández,
Forwards: Alan Pulido, Carlos Vela, Henry Martín
The big news, off the bat, is the confirmation of Jonathan González in the midfield. Jonathan was given the thumbs up from FIFA on his one-time switch to the Mexico national team, and Juan Carlos Osorio did not hesitate to get him in a green jersey. This will be his first major senior team appearance in his career.
In the defense, we see usual names, but a glaring absence of Club América defender, Carlos Vargas, who has been playing very well in Liga MX. Moreover, he has height and is left-footed, which all adds up to Osorio’s type of player. The youngster isn’t the only missing name, as Javier ‘Chofis’ López was omitted in the midfield.
The asterisk next to Jürgen Damm’s name is due to his recent run-in with the law. There is no guarantee now that he would be able to suit up for either El Tri or Tigres, but more information is on the way with that situation.
Of course, the biggest debate, is the inclusion of MLS players who are currently inactive. Should they be called to prepare for the national team and club? Or should they earn a call-up regardless of past work with Mexico?