Juan Carlos Osorio has stated that he has his list of 23 already in mind, barring injury. With that, Mexico has several players on their March friendly call-up who could really benefit from a strong showing against Iceland and Croatia. There are only a few opportunities left for some of these players, so taking advantage of their playing time is crucial.
Here’s three players who can boost their chances of making the final roster this month…
Jonathan González – Midfielder
The youngster from Monterrey made his debut for El Tri earlier this year against Bosnia Herzegovina, yet, his play with Monterrey has slowed down a bit. Although he is dealing with a minor injury, he was called for this March’s friendlies against two World Cup sides in Iceland and Croatia.
It would be hard to see him not make any appearances, given he is healthy enough. The two rivals are plenty difficult and if he gets on the field, he can really win over Osorio. The midfield has a pretty strong core, but adding a young player who can deliver when given the chance is nearly priceless.
Rodolfo Pizarro – Midfield/Attacking Mid
Mexico has a little bit of a situation on its hands with Giovani dos Santos being out with a hamstring injury. On one hand, Osorio most likely has Giovani on his final list due to hierarchy standards, however, he has been declining for some time now. This will mean one player has a big chance to possibly bump out Mexico’s best player from 2014 out of the final 23, and that is Rodolfo Pizarro.
The Chivas man offers ball control, pace, and a nice touch on his passes which Mexico could definitely use. Rodolfo Pizarro got his chance in the 2017 Gold Cup where he was one of the few bright spots with Mexico, but he really hasn’t been given the major opportunity with the big boys. Yet, this month could offer his chance to show how valuable he is. As one of Mexico’s former golden boys continues to struggle, Pizarro can come in and offer that hope Mexico needs heading towards Russia 2018.
Omar Govea – Midfielder
Along with his brother, Jonathan dos Santos is also out with a minor injury, which gives one of the midfielders a small window to make a breakthrough in Omar Govea. Omar finally put on the senior team kit back in November for the first time and he was able to hold his own in a road match in Poland. He has also noted that he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, so expect this midfielder to play with passion when given that chance.
His play with Royal Mouscron has been more than admirable, as he uses his loan to impress the higher-ups at FC Porto, but also battles his way to a spot on the national team. Jonathan dos Santos may not have had enough time to have his form hit like his brother after moving to the states from Europe, but Omar Govea could put JCO in a difficult spot by filling in without a skip of a beat.