World Cup: Mexico coach Miguel Herrera names 18 players to roster ahead of USMNT friendly
Mexican national team head coach Miguel Herrera has named his 18-man roster ahead of the April 2 friendly against the USMNT (11 pm ET, ESPN, UniMas) and unsurprisingly, it is entirely composed of players from Mexico's Liga MX.
But perhaps El Tri’s hottest attacker based in Mexico, Santos Laguna forward Oribe Peralta, will not be in camp ahead of the match at Univesity of Phoenix Stadium, because of personal reasons. The 30-year-old forward has three goals in his last four games with Santos.
There will be some familiar faces for MLS fans on the roster, namely former New York Red Bulls Designated Player Rafa Márquez, who retains his place in Herrera's plans leading up to the World Cup, as well as players from the Cruz Azul (two players) and Toluca (three players) sides that knocked MLS opposition out of the CONCACAF Champions League last week.
Club América, Herrera's former club, are the most represented club with seven players on the roster.
The group will meet in Mexico City on Sunday and leave for Arizona on Monday.
MEXICO ROSTER VS. US
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Moisés Muñoz (Club América)
DEFENDERS (8): Paul Aguilar (Club América), Miguel Layún (Club América), Miguel Ángel Ponce (Toluca), Francisco "Maza" Rodríguez (Club América), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club América), Rogelio Alfredo Chávez (Cruz Azul), Enrique Pérez (Atlas), Rafa Márquez (León)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Jesús Zavala (Monterrey), Juan Carlos Medina (Club América), Marco Fabián (Cruz Azul), Carlos Alberto Peña (León), Luis Arturo Montes (León)
FORWARDS (2): Alan Pulido (Tigres), Raúl Jiménez (America)