By ADAM TROXTELL
Mexico has included some familiar MLS faces in its squad to face the United States Men’s National Team in San Antonio on April 15.
Former Chivas USA striker Erick “Cubo” Torres and former Real Salt Lake defender Carlos Salcedo have been named to Miguel Herrera’s 19-man squad. Both are now standouts at Chivas de Guadalajara, though Torres will return to MLS with the Houston Dynamo once the Liga MX Clausura ends. Salcedo could win his first cap for his country.
All of Herrera’s selections currently play in Liga MX. Club America striker Oribe Peralta has been recalled after missing Mexico’s friendlies against Ecuador and Paraguay at the end of March. Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez, a defender for Cruz Azul, had to withdraw from that squad for personal reasons, but he has been called up in the latest team.
Herrera has said he wants to use 2014 World Cup veterans as the base of the Mexico squad to contest the Gold Cup, leaving spots open on the team that will travel to Chile for the Copa America.
Mexican National Team squad:
Goalkeepers: Cirilo Saucedo (Tijuana), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)
Defenders: Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Julio “Cata” Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Oswaldo Alanis (Santos), Adrian Aldrete (Santos), George Corral (Queretaro), Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Efrain Velarde (Monterrey), Carlos Salcedo (Chivas)
Midfielders: Luis “Chapo” Montes (Leon), Antonio Rios (Toluca), Jurgen Damm (Pachuca), Mario Osuna (Queretaro), Luis Rodriguez (Chiapas)
Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Club America), Erick “Cubo” Torres (Chivas), Eduardo “Lalo” Herrera (Pumas)