The Mexican national team is about to enter a very busy stretch, beginning with two friendlies, then two World Cup qualifiers, and then the 2017 Confederations Cup – followed, later this summer, by the Gold Cup.
Juan Carlos Osorio has released a list of 32 players who will take part in Mexico’s upcoming matches, although not all 32 will join the camp – set to begin May 21st – at the same time, with club commitments delaying the arrival of several.
The Mexican national team will play their first game of 2017 this Wednesday, when they take on Iceland in an international friendly in Las Vegas.
As this game does not fall on a FIFA date, Juan Carlos Osorio called up only players from Liga MX and MLS, which is currently in preseason. Three members of the 23-man roster – Edson Álvarez, Luis Reyes, and Hugo González – are receiving their first call-ups to El Tri.
Juan Carlos Osorio has called up 15 europeos and just 10 domestic-based players for Mexico’s first two Hexagonal matches. Tigres UANL is the most-represented Liga MX club, with three players; Porto has also supplied three players. In total, 19 clubs in seven countries have supplied at least one player.
Juan Carlos Osorio has named his starting XI to take on New Zealand in tonight’s international friendly, and three players will be earning their first caps. Jordan Silva, Hedgardo Marín, and Jesús Gallardo will all make their debuts for El Tri in Nashville.
The Mexican national team will face New Zealand and Panama in international friendlies this October as preparation continues for World Cup Qualifying.
El Tri will take on the Kiwis on October 8th in Nashville and Panama on the 11th in Chicago.
The 23-man roster is heavily domestically-based, with just three players from outside of Liga MX – including the LA Galaxy’s Giovanni dos Santos, who is making his return to the national team.
A spate of injuries has resulted in three changes to Mexico’s roster for World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Honduras. El Tri will visit El Salvador on September 2nd and then host Honduras on September 6th.
Paul Aguilar suffered a left hip injury that will keep the Club América player out; he was replaced by Orbelín Pineda of Chivas de Guadalajara.
Mexico is already qualified for the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but they will be looking for statement wins anyway after a disappointing summer that involved a historic loss in the Copa América Centenario and crashing out in the group stage of the Río Olympics.