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Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama announce preliminary World Cup rosters


With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just a month away from kicking off, qualified teams all around the globe are preparing their preliminary rosters ahead of their final friendlies.

CONCACAF representatives Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama all announced their respective 28-man rosters on Monday.

Headlining Juan Carlos Osorio’s side is all-time leading scorer Javier Hernandez, in-form forward Carlos Vela, and both Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos.

Guillermo Ochoa, Hugo Ayala, Hector Moreno, Rafa Marquez and Hirving Lozano are also named in the full roster. Omitted, meanwhile, is Jonathan Gonzalez, who committed to El Tri earlier this year.

Mexico is paired in Group E with defending World Cup winners Germany, Euro playoff winners Sweden, and South Korea.

Seven MLS players feature in Panama’s roster with Anibal Godoy, Cristian Martinez, and Roman Torres all being selected by head coach Hernan Dario Gomez.

Dinamo Bucharest goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, Gent midfielder Jose Rodriguez, and Municipal striker Blas Perez also were named to the full preliminary roster. Panama faces tough competition in Group G with Belgium, England, and Tunisia rounding out the group.

Costa Rica will be led by Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas who is the first choice keeper with the National Team. Three MLS defenders all were chosen with Vancouver’s Kendall Waston, Minnesota’s Francisco Calvo, and NYCFC’s Ronald Matarrita all selected.

Rodney Wallace and veteran Bryan Ruiz were named in the midfield, while Marco Urena, Joel Campbell, and Johan Venegas are the three forwards chosen for the 28-man roster.

Oscar Ramirez’s group will be joined by Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia in Group E.


  1. this summer, every time an mls player touches the ball in the wc, everybody do a shot 😛

  2. Pathetic…all this crowing about the fact that the 20 yr old kid did not make the Mexican team. You should be embarrassed that you are more concerned about that instead of the fact that a much more qualified and talented USMNT was behind Panama and Honduras in qualification.

    • You must have missed the last 7-8 months of comments when it comes to the USMN. There certainly is no shortage of outrage about the USMN not qualifying.

    • So is Omar Gonzalez of the US who bears a lot of responsibility for our being at home. When you look at Panama’s roster, and even CR’s, it seems criminal that we didn’t finish ahead of anyone but T&T.

    • I was just looking on another site at all the rosters announced so far and Mexico lists a Jonathan Gonzalez. Is there another one, or what?

    • Jesus Molina retook over the the CM spot but Gonzalez still started a number of games or was the one of the first off the bench.

      issue is he never found a spot with the national team. Orsorio decided to go with all the veteran options and less up and coming players from the mexican league.

    • Let’s recap, Lil’ Bobby: Your team would rather bring an over-the-hill criminal than an up-and-comer who was willing to switch his allegiance. Sounds about right…

      • There’s something about your posts that makes me want to pet you and reassure you everything is going to be alright.
        Like that scrawny kid in high school walking around trying to act hard and everybody lets it slide because they know he comes from a horrible household and he’s just doing his best.

      • I’m sorry, did you say you want to “pet” me…? I’m not sure if this is just Google Translate misunderstanding what you meant to say in Spanish, but you’re creeping me out, Lil’ Bobby. You should probably stick to your usual silly comments about how JG is so much better than Pulisic.
        I actually feel bad for the kid. He chose to represent Mexico, and your team turned around and gave him the middle finger. Stay classy, El Tri…

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