Miguel Herrera gives hints at Mexico's January squad

The squad facing South Korea on Jan. 29 is likely to have a core similar to the team that defeated New Zealand in November's World Cup qualifying playoff.
Miguel Herrera's Mexico squad to face South Korea on Jan. 29 is likely to have a similar spine to the team that breezed past New Zealand in the World Cup qualifying playoff in November.

El Tri's new permanent coach — speaking in a press conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday — stated that Rafa Marquez, Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez, Miguel Layun, Paul Aguilar, Oribe Peralta, Jesus Corona, Moises Munoz, Jesus Medina, Carlos Pena and Luis Montes will be in his first squad of 2014.

The full squad will be announced Jan. 23 for a game that will begin the buildup to Brazil 2014 for El Tri.

The Mexican federation also confirmed this week that El Tri will play March 5 against Nigeria in Atlanta and May 31 against Ecuador in Arlington, Texas, in preparation for a World Cup group that features Brazil, Cameroon and Croatia.

"Nigeria we are comparing with Cameroon because of the region and because they have similar attributes," Herrera said Friday. "Ecuador is because it is in South America and it is a national team that faces Brazil and Argentina."

Herrera also confirmed that Mexico is looking to set up a preparation game against a European side that plays the same style as Croatia.

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