It may not feel like it, but the Copa América is coming up in only a month. With that said, Mexico’s first roster of 40 players has been released by head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. Mexico’s first match is a big clash against the most successful team in the tournament, Uruguay. They will face off in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, June 5.
Here is the breakdown of the names called…
Goalkeepers: A. Palacios, Guillermo Ochoa, Jonathan Orozco, Alfredo Talavera, J. Corona
Defenders: Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno, Paul Aguilar, Miguel Layún, Raúl López, Israel Jiménez, N. Araujo, Y. Corona, Carlos Salcedo, Rafa Márquez, J. Rivas, Torres Nilo
Midfielders: Héctor Herrera, Andrés Guardado, Jesús Dueñas, Jonathan dos Santos, Gallito Vázquez, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm, Marco Fabián, Gullit Peña, Hirving Lozano, Pizarro, Jesús Molina
Forwards: Chicharito, Carlos Vela, Tecatito Corona, Raúl Jiménez, Oribe Peralta, Giovani dos Santos, Elías Hernández, O. Pineda, Eduardo Herrera, Candido Ramírez, Isaac Brizuela
Giovani dos Santos has found himself in the call-up. He has played consistent so far for his club (LA Galaxy) this season, but the negatives against him is that there are no friendlies coming up until the 23 names are solidified. The problem for Gio is that he hasn’t played under Osorio yet, so does he bump out a name that has featured for Osorio? We will see…
Rafa Márquez is another added name which would be hard to see make the list. This is only because his 45 minutes against Canada in March were sub-par. However, what Rafa does bring is a veteran leadership. Is it enough, though? That is hard to say if he cannot physically keep up against some of the best of South America.
Lastly, Jonathan dos Santos got a call-up despite rumors that he might not. With his run for Villarreal, Jona is a midfielder Osorio could not skip.
Outside of the few question marks, this looks to be a strong roster for El Tri for Osorio. This will be one of the best times to take this cup home, so Mexico needs to be as good as it ever has been.