Mexico will play Finland in a friendly at the end of the month in Miguel Herrera's first match as manager, and he has turned to a number of his club players.Incoming Mexico coach Miguel Herrera called in a total of 10 players from Club America for the friendly against Finland in San Diego on Oct. 30.
Herrera, who is on loan as coach of the Mexico national team from Las Aguilas, is seeking to call on the confidence and chemistry of the reigning champions as El Tri prepares for next month’s crucial World Cup qualifying playoff against New Zealand next month.
Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez returned to the Mexico setup after missing out under Victor Manuel Vucetich, while Leon’s Rafa Marquez keeps his place.
There was no room for Christian “Chaco” Gimenez, Hugo Ayala, Gerardo Torrado, Carlos Salcido, Jorge Torres Nilo or Monterrey duo Jesus Zavala and Severo Meza, who were considered regular members of the squad by past management.
The only foreign-born player is Tigres playmaker Lucas Lobos, while Santos Laguna’s Alonso Escoboza, America’s Luis “Quick” Mendoza, Morelia’s Rodrigo Salinas and Pachuca’s Miguel Herrera were all called into the full Mexico squad for the first time.
Here is the full 22-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Moises Munoz (America)
Defenders: Rafa Marquez (Leon), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America), Paul Aguilar (America), Francisco Rodriguez (America), Miguel Layun (America), Edwin Hernandez (Leon), Adrian Aldrete (America), Miguel Herrera (Pachuca), Hiram Mier (Monterrey)
Midfielders: Rodrigo Salinas (Morelia), Juan Carlos Medina (America), Lucas Lobos (Tigres), Jesus Molina (America), Luis Angel Mendoza (America), Carlos Pena (Leon), Luis Montes (Leon)
Forwards: Alonso Escoboza (Santos Laguna), Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Aldo de Nigris (Chivas), Raul Jimenez (America)