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Mexican National Team Announces Roster for September Friendlies

Mexico announce Spetember friendlies squad list

Photo Courtesy of the Official Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Facebook Page

Before the full list of players called up for the friendlies, which the Mexican National Team will play on September 6 against Chile and on the 9th against Bolivia, we already knew six of the players who were going to be called up. The six players whose names were released last week are players who play outside the country. The questions in the minds of many heading into Thursday’s release were how many players who were part of the squad at the 2014 World Cup would be included and how many young players would be included here at the start of this new cycle with Miguel Herrera in charge.

Many, including yours truly, expected Atlas forward/attacking winger Alfonso Gonzalez to be amongst those young players to be called up for the September friendlies. In the end, he was not included. It was surprising to see his 30 year-old teammate Luis Venegas receive a call-up into the national team for the first time. This is a reward for a player who was been instrumental in Atlas’ fine start here in the Liga MX Apertura 2014 season.

It is precisely on defense where the greatest number of young players have been included in this call up. While players like Francisco ‘Maza’ Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, and Paul Aguilar all went to the World Cup, Pachuca duo Miguel Angel Herrera and Rodolfo Pizarro being called up highlights the balance of experience and youth in this call up list.

In midfield, the majority of the players called up went to the World Cup, but one new name that stands out. Toluca midfielder Antonio Rios, a player who’s play over the past two seasons certainly has been instrumental in seeing his club reach the semifinals of the playoffs the last two seasons.However, the biggest surprise came at the forward position as Chivas USA forward Erick Torres was included in the first call-up of non-domestic based players.

The call up of Torres into the squad for the September friendlies lends credence to what Miguel Herrera has been selling. Players who are in-form can get a shot at being called up to the national team. For Torres, it is a reward for his fine season at the club level but also how he has resurrected his career after it looked to be lost a few years ago.

Mexico squad list for September 6 and 9 friendlies are as follows:

Goalkeepers

Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga CF- Spanish First Division “La Liga”)

Alfedo Talavera (Toluca- Liga MX)

Defenders

Paul Aguilar (Club America-Liga MX)

Oswaldo Alanis (Santos Laguna-Liga MX)

Miguel Angel Herrera (Pachuca-Liga MX)

Hiram Mier (CF Monterrey-Liga MX)

Rodolfo Pizarro (Pachuca-Liga MX)

Miguel Ponce (Toluca- Liga MX)

Francisco ‘Maza’ Rodriguez (Cruz Azul-Liga MX)

Carlos Salcido (Chivas Guadalajara- Liga MX)

Jorge Torres Nilo (UANL Tigres-Liga MX)

Luis Venegas (Atlas- Liga MX)

Midfielders

Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano- La Liga)

Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul- Liga MX)

Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven- Dutch Eredivise)

Hector Herrera (FC Porto- Portuguese Primeira Division)

Antonio Rios (Toluca- Liga MX)

Jose Juan Vasquez (Leon- Liga MX)

Forwards

Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal CF- La Liga)

Javier Orozco (Santos Laguna- Liga MX)

Oribe Peralta (Club America- Liga MX)

Erick Torres (Chivas USA- MLS)

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Mexican National Team and Liga MX writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan

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