The road to the Gold Cup starts this month for El Tri, as ‘Tata’ Martino assembles his first Mexico roster in charge. It won’t be a cupcake match for his first as manager with Mexico facing Chile on March 22 in San Diego, and then Paraguay on March 26 in Santa Clara.
Here is the roster to represent Mexico in March…
Goalkeepers: Raúl Gudiño, Memo Ochoa, Jonathan Orozco
Defenders: César Montes, Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Miguel Layún, Chaka Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Diego Reyes, Carlos Salcedo, Jorge Sánchez, Jesús Gallardo
Midfielders: Andrés Guardado, Jonathan dos Santos, Erick Gutiérrez, Víctor Guzmán, Luis Montes, Carlos Rodríguez, José Juan Vázquez, Isác Brizuela, Rodolfo Pizarro
Forwards: Tecatito Corona, Roberto Alvarado, Chicharito, Raúl Jiménez, Alexis Vega, Chucky Lozano, Diego Lainez
There are a lot of names on the list which are refreshing to see, while others cause us to scratch our heads. For starters, it is great to see César Montes, Jorge Sánchez, Carlos Rodríguez rewarded for their form in Liga MX. These are young players who need to start being integrated with the National team for the changing of the guard in the near future.
Mexico will face a major foe in Chile, so sending out their best XI will be a huge necessity. If they can walk away with a result, that momentum will help the mental state of the team and fan base, especially with what happened against Chile in the 2016 Copa América.
Predicted XI vs Chile
- Salcedo, Araujo, Moreno, Gallardo
- dos Santos, Álvarez, Guzmán
- Tecatito, Raúl, Lozano
Mexico will most likely face Chile with one of their strongest lineups and then experiment a bit more against Paraguay. I could see ‘Tata’ Martino sending out a starting XI like the one above with emphasis on experience. There is a possibility we will see Diego Lainez, Carlos Rodríguez, and Alexis Vega at some point in the match against Chile.