Mexico begins its official FIFA exhibition tour in preparation for the World Cup on March 23 against Iceland (Santa Clara, California) and on March 27 against Croatia (Dallas, Texas). The list doesn’t hold too many surprises, as Juan Carlos Osorio seems to be going with a core group that he likes.
Here’s the list El Tri will have ready for the friendlies…
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, José de Jesús Corona, Alfredo Talavera
Defenders: Diego Reyes, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Miguel Layún, Jesús Gallardo, Héctor Moreno
Midfielders: Jonathan González, Jonathan dos Santos, Marco Fabián, Rodolfo Pizarro, Jorge Hernández, Andrés Guardado, Héctor Herrera, Jesús Molina, Javier Aquino, Omar Govea, Jürgen Damm
Forwards: Hirving Lozano, Chicharito, Carlos Vela, Raúl Jiménez, Oribe Peralta
It’s a 28-man call up from Osorio and it’s a pretty familiar group of guys. Giovani dos Santos will not be available due to a hamstring injury. His MLS counterparts in Jonathan dos Santos and Carlos Vela will make the trip to California and Texas.
The defense is looking good, however, Hugo Ayala has not impressed with several mistakes against Toronto FC on Tuesday night. Everyone else, though, has been very active with their teams, especially those playing abroad.
We see an old face in Marco Fabián, yet, he has very little playing time in Germany. This may be a way for JCO to see him train with the team in case of an increase in minutes abroad. There’s a possibility one spot could come down to Giovani dos Santos and Marco Fabián, depending on playing time before the World Cup roster is assembled.
In conclusion, it is a solid roster and the teams making the trip are a good way to prepare for a difficult group. Mexico’s strength will be its attack, so it’s pivotal that they get as much time as possible with the strongest lineups.
Lastly, The Stoppage Time will be live from the Mexico-Croatia game at Cowboys Stadium on March 27, so make sure you follow up on social media!