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Breaking Down Mexico’s Roster For October Friendlies

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GLENDALE, AZ - JULY 12: Jonathan Dos Santos #8 of Mexico shoots the ball during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup group C match against Guatemala at University of Phoenix Stadium on July 12, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Guatemala and Mexico finished in a 0-0 tie. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

We are nearing the start of the Hex, and Mexico will prepare with two friendlies in October against New Zealand (October 8) and against CONCACAF foe Panama (October 11).

Here are the names Juan Carlos Osorio has assembled…

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Goalkeepers: Moisés Muñoz, José de Jesús Corona, Rodolfo Cota

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Defenders: Adrián Aldrete, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala, Oswaldo Alanís, Hedgardo Marín, Jordan Silva, Jesús Dueñas

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Midfielders: Marco Jhonfai Fabián de la Mora, Jonathan dos Santos, Orbelín Pineda, Luis Enrique Robles, Erick Gutiérrez, Isaác Brizuela, Elías Hernández, Jesús Molina

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Forwards: Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta, Hirving Lozano, Alan Pulido, Ángel Sepúlveda

Analysis

The call-ups by Osorio look very intriguing for many different reasons. We see the return of the dos Santos brothers, who both are in great club form, as well as Marco Fabián and Alan Pulido. Jonathan and Marco are the only two Euro’s called, but that should be no problem since Osorio is testing players out for November.

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We see some nice young names like Lozano, Pineda, Gutiérrez added to this roster which should be good for overall competition. They are all hungry for playing time, and all of them are talented enough to add the much needed depth moving forward to 2018.

Names missing?

It would have been nice to see Cesar Montes included on this roster. He is a tall, rangy defender who would compliment this team very well.

Paul Aguilar, a regular of the national team, would’ve been called had he not suffered a knee injury. He will unfortunately be out for 4-6 months.

It is still difficult to see Torres Nilo and Dueñas on this list, especially since their stock has been falling for quite some time. It might be that Osorio is not ready to test some new names, but it would be difficult to see those two on the field in the starting XI come World Cup qualification.

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