Mexico’s World Cup hopes were kept alive by the United States Men’s National Team beating Panama with two late goals. That didn’t give Mexico one of the top 3 spots, it simply got them into a play-off against New Zealand.
New manager Miguel Herrera has decided to only go with Mexican league players, and no European players. That means players like Manchester United‘s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Barcelona’s Gio Dos Santos were left off. Dos Santos is out two weeks with a hamstring injury anyways.
“It is not that they are bad, they are very good players, but the trip is very taxing and arriving on (Nov.) 7, 8 or 9 to play on the 13th, they won’t finish adapting to the situation that we are looking for,” Herrera said, via ESPN FC. “That is what has us practically decided against bringing anyone (from Europe).”
Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Moises Muñoz (América), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Juan Carlos Valenzuela (América), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Rafa Márquez (León), Maza Rodríguez (América), Miguel Layún (América), Paul Aguilar (América), Edwin Hernández (León), Adrián Aldrete (América), Juan Carlos Medina (América), Miguel Ángel Herrera (Pachuca)
Midfielders: Rodrigo Salinas (Morelia), Luis Montes (León), Carlos Peña (León), Luis Ángel Mendoza (América), Jesús Molina (América), Sinha (Toluca)
Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Alonso Escoboza (Santos Laguna), Raúl Jiménez (América), Aldo de Nigris (Guadalajara)
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