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Dos Santos brothers, Vela, Guardado headline Mexico’s final World Cup squad

A trio of MLS stars headline Juan Carlos Osorio’s final Mexico squad for this summer’s World Cup.

Carlos Vela, Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos have been named to El Tri’s final squad ahead of the upcoming World Cup. The roster notably includes several big-names battling injury as Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno and Diego Reyes were all named to the final 23-man roster despite fitness issues.

Erick Gutierrez has joined the team on the trip to Denmark for El Tri’s final pre-tournament friendly and will serve as a provisional replacement for Guardado or Reyes should injury issues prevent them from playing in Russia.

The roster has 12 players that play in Europe, a record for an El Tri World Cup squad, while a total of 16 players on the squad have played in a World Cup before, including veteran Rafa Marquez.

El Tri will open the World Cup on June 17 against Germany.

Here’s a full look at Mexico’s final squad;

Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege)

Defenders: Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Miguel Layun (Sevilla), Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Edson Alvarez (America), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrrey)

Midfielders: Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy),  Hector Herrera (Porto), Andres Guardado (Real Betis)

Forwards: Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Jesus Corona (Porto) Oribe Peralta (America), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV)

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  1. Poor little Jona… wonder if you’re regretting your decision to join Mexico. For the US, your skillset would make you a unique talent, but amongst the Mexican pool and future pool, not so special.

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    • I hold no ill will against JG and moved on about 5 minutes after news broke of his switch. But I think it’s very telling of El Tri and will be a big factor for other duals weighing their options in the future…

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    • Part of me believes that, having been born and raised in the USA and having played for US youth teams, JG would have preferred to play for the USA over Mexico. But he jumped at the chance to go to Russia, so I’m guessing he may have some regrets now. Whether he was misled by the Mexican federation or had unrealistic expectations himself, or neither, is hard to say.

      I don’t know that he is a unique talent, though. Having seen him play last week with the U21s, I thought he was OK, but would have a hard time getting on the field for the USA. Certainly, he would face tough competition with McKennie and Adams, not to mention Parks (who may play a different position than JG) and even Trapp. They’re all young, though, so nobody really knows how they will progress and what they will look like down the road.

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