Chivas USA striker Erick “Cubo” Torres was the surprise name among the six foreign-based players Miguel Herrera has picked to face Chile and Bolivia in friendlies next month, while Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was the major omission.
Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Herrera, Javier Aquino, Andres Guardado and Giovani Dos Santos were the other names on the list, with the rest of the squad – set to be announced next week – to be made up of Liga MX players.
Herrera had previously stated that Atletico Madrid’s Raul Jimenez would not be involved as he seeks to settle and battle for minutes at his new club, while there have been injury concerns over Carlos Vela and Jonathan Dos Santos – both of whom the Mexico coach has said he will speak to in the near future.
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But Torres’ call-up is the major news, with the 21-year-old the first MLS-based player to be called into the Mexico squad since Rafa Marquez.
Torres burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old playing for Guadalajara and was widely dubbed “the new Chicharito,” but struggled for minutes in the first half of 2013, before he rejuvenated his career with Chivas USA in MLS.
The Guadalajara native has 14 goals in 23 games for Chivas USA this season, and sits in third place in the MLS scoring charts. This is his first call-up to the full Mexico national team, having featured previously for El Tri’s Under-20s.
Meanwhile, Chicharito’s future at Manchester United is still up in the air, with rumors in recent days linking him to Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus, despite the striker starting for Manchester United last weekend against Swansea.
Mexico will play Chile on Sept. 6 in Santa Clara, Calif. and Bolivia on Sept. 9 in Denver, Col.