Mexican Soccer

Hernandez, Ochoa headline 18-man Mexico roster for USMNT friendly

Javier Hernandez (Reuters)

If you thought Mexico were not taking next week's friendly with the U.S. men's national team seriously, you were wrong.

Mexico head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre has revealed his 18-player roster for the upcoming game against the United States at Estadio Azteca, and it is comprised of mostly first-choice players. Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Andres Guardado, Guillermo Ochoa and Pablo Barrera are just some of the more well-known names on the Mexican team that will look to extend its unbeaten run over the Americans to five games while also staying undefeated against their northern rivals in their soccer cathedral.

Two of the more notable omissions for de la Torre are defender Carlos Salcido and attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos, both of whom are currently with the Mexican Olympic team that will compete in the gold medal game against Brazil on Saturday in London.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is not expected to announce his roster for next Wednesday's match until this Sunday.

Here is Mexico's 18-man roster:

Goalkeepers: Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (AC Ajaccio, France)

Defenders: Francisco Javier Rodriguez (VfB Stuttgart, Germany), Hector Moreno (RCD Espanyol, Spain), Severo Meza (Monterrey), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Jorge Torres (Tigres UANL), Enrique Perez (Morelia)

Midfielders: Jesus Zavala (Monterrey), Manuel Viniegra (Tigres UANL), Edgar Gerardo Lugo (Santos Laguna), Adrian Aldrete (Club America), Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul), Andres Guardado (Valencia C.F., Spain), Angel Reyna (Monterrey)

Forwards: Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Elias Hernandez (Tigres UANL)


What do you think of Mexico's roster? Do you see any U.S. team being able to get a result against this squad? Think El Tri will miss not having dos Santos?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Jake

    Tubby? Just because he’s an American?! I’m an American and I’m not fat! Watching something besides the Biggest Loser all day. :)


  • Jake

    Your post makes no sense. The US has come close to winning at Azteca quite a few times. Also, even if they do lose (which I agree is likely, but far from sure), it helps get a lot more guys used to the trip to Azteca so in a year when the US returns in qualifying we have a better chance to get points.


  • Jake

    What games? He announces rosters late. That has been the way he likes to do it. It doesn’t mean the coaches of club teams or players don’t know what’s going on. It annoys fans of course, but he’s doing things his own way.


  • Jake

    I praise it right now no matter what we do next week or next year. Obviously a point would be worth much more in qualifying, but any result in either game would be a bonus on top of the experience the guys will get from those games.


  • Madradista

    damn bro haha you need to quit throwing a fit over that game. and Bradley’s only had his goal thanks to the Mexican goalkeepers mistake but hey a goal is a goal and yes Jones and Bradley were outplayed. that’s why USA were fouling so much. they got irritated because they hardly had the ball. oh and how does one player, Dos Santos, take the whole USA team to score one of the best goals of that year haha yea sounds like Bradley and Jones controlled the game haha


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