Mexico names squad for upcoming friendlies
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has kept only 13 members of his World Cup squad for the team’s upcoming international friendlies against Chile and Bolivia.
Two months after his team reached the Round of 16 in Brazil, where it lost 2-1 to the Netherlands, Herrera made a series of changes on Thursday in a 22-man squad to face Chile on Sept. 6 in San Francisco and Bolivia on Sept. 9 in Denver.
Two uncapped players in the squad are defender Miguel Herrera and midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro, both of whom are expected to figure in Mexico’s plans for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Both play for Mexico club Pachuca.
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Paul Aguilar (America), Carlos Salcido (Chivas), Francisco Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Miguel Herrera (Pachuca), Oswaldo Alanis (Santos), Luis Venegas (Atlas), Jorge Torres (Tigres), Miguel Ponce (Toluca), Hiram Mier (Monterrey).
Midfielders: Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Antonio Rios (Toluca), Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano), Rodolfo Pizarro (Pachuca).
Forwards: Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal), Javier Orozco (Santos), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Oribe Peralta (America), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul).