CCL clashes leave players' Mexico-U.S. availability in doubt

The first legs of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals will take place just a day before the U.S. and Mexico square off, leaving some players' availability in doubt.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera stated this week that Marco Fabian and Rogelio Chavez would be in his squad to face the United States in Glendale, Ariz. on April 2, but that is now in doubt.

Cruz Azul’s advancement in the CONCACAF Champions League means Fabian and Chavez are due to travel to Club Tijuana on April 1, with no official statement as yet forthcoming on whether national team players will be released for a non-FIFA date.

Cruz Azul keeper Jesus Corona was also set to start against the United States, according to Herrera’s statements earlier
this week.

MORE: Champions League draw results | Transfer Talk

They aren’t the only players in a dilemma over the US versus Mexico clash.

Toluca is scheduled to play Alajuelense on April 1, and Alfredo Talavera, Isaac Brizuela and Miguel Ponce would all normally be expected to be in Herrera’s squad.

On the US side, Tijuana’s band of Americans will be desperate for a chance to shine against Mexico as they attempt to win last-gasp World Cup spots, but Greg Garza, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez and Joe Corona will have to wait for official clarification on whether they would be allowed to attend if they are called in to Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad.

Follow GOAL.COM on