Miguel Herrera gave the most awaited list in the region, and all the Mexican national team fans now know who will be the men representing their country in Brazil.
Here is the list of the 23 players that will be suiting up for “el Tri” in the World Cup:
Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul/Mex)
Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio/Fra)
Alfredo Talavera (Toluca/Mex)
Carlos Salcido (Tigres/Mex)
Rafael Marquez (Leon/Mex)
Francisco Javier Rodriguez (America/Mex)
Hector Moreno (Espanyol/Spa)
Diego Reyes (Porto FC/Por)
Paul Aguilar (America/Mex)
Miguel Layun (America/Mex)
Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen/Ger)
Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mex)
Carlos Pena (Leon/Mex)
Luis Montes (Leon/Mex)
Juan Carlos Medina (America/Mex)
Hector Herrera (Porto FC/Por)
Isaac Brizuela (Toluca/Mex)
Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul/Mex)
Oribe Peralta (Santos/Mex)
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United/Eng)
Raul Jimenez (America/Mex)
Alan Pulido (Tigres/Mex)
Giovani Dos Santos (Villareal FC/Spa)
There may be a few surprises amongst those who were thought to be included and arent, but lets focus on the positive and identify who should be the five pillars of the team within the 23 men call up list:
1. Memo Ochoa
Herrera, as the many coaches before him in the last qualifying cycle, has struggled to find the right man to keep the net safe. Well, now there shouldnt be any concerns: Memo Ochoa is the best suited goalie in the list, in terms of experience and actual performances with the National Team. Jesus Corona is of course always an option, but Herrera told Ochoa on his trip to Corsica early in the year that he would be the number one in the list.
2. Rafa Marquez
The eternal captain has returned and will be putting in his last service for the Green, White and Red. Marquezs time in the National Team seemed over after he left Barcelona for the MLS and stopped being called up by Chepo De La Torre, but Herrera did not think about it twice and actually gave him the reins again when he was appointed interim manager in the last stage of the qualifier.
Rafas great performances in the last two seasons with Leon have earned him the spot in el Tri for Brazil and he has gained back the trust and love of all fans in the country.
3. Marco Fabian
The midfielder has been one of the surprises of the season with Cruz Azul and his recent victory in the CONCACAF Champions League only has solidified the need to have him in the National Team. He was one of the players banned for 6 month for disciplinary issues and after he was allowed to play for el Tri again, De La Torre and the coaches that followed never really took him into serious consideration.
Now, Herrera has decided to give him a shot and he will try to prove that his performances in the London Olympic games in 2012 and in last summers Gold Cup can be reproduced at the highest level, in Brazil.
4. Gio Dos Santos
The top star of the team, with difference, amongst the 23 men called up by Herrera. Gio Dos Santos is the most talented player in the squad and is called to become the leader of the team and carry the offensive power.
Hes had a great year, finding his footing once more, in Villarreal, at the top level in European soccer.
Dos Santos skills upfront and his ease for scoring the most unbelievable goals in the direst of situations put him in the driver seat when it comes to becoming the star of the team.
5. Raul Jimenez
The new sensation of Mexican soccer. At 23, Jimenez has become the top forward at el Tri, mainly given the fact that Carlos Vela decided to not join the squad in Brazil and that Chicharito has not had a lot of playing time.
Jimenez has won the Clausura 2013 and made it to the final of the Apertura 2013, and while this season America has failed to perform as expected, his late goal in the qualifier against Panama virtually giving Mexico their ticket for Brazil 2014 make him the countrys favorite striker
Most of the fans hopes for success in the World Cup, rest on the shoulders of Raul Jimenez.
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