Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera displays the document that lists Mexico's 2014 FIFA World Cup roster on May 9, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera announced Friday the 23-man roster for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The squad is boosted by the inclusion of numerous competitors from the last two Liga MX champions.
2013 Clausura winner Club America, which Herrera guided to the title, is well represented with five players.
Leon, the 2013 Apertura winner, is sending four, including Rafael Marquez. The 35-year-old defender is hoping to make his fourth finals appearance, after playing in 12 games over the previous three World Cups.
Two players from newly-crowned CONCACAF Champions League champion Cruz Azul were chosen: goalkeeper Jesus Corona and attacker Marco Fabian.
Also earning selection is Oribe Peralta, the 2013 CONCACAF Player of the Year. The Santos forward, 30, was the Tricolor’s top scorer in qualifying with 10 goals. He is best remembered for netting five times in the 9-3 aggregate triumph over New Zealand in the CONCACAF/Oceania Intercontinental Playoff that earned Mexico a place at Brazil 2014.
Prior to travelling to South America, the six-time CONCACAF Gold Cup champions will play friendlies against Israel (May 28 at Mexico City), Ecuador (May 31 at Arlington, Texas, USA), Bosnia & Herzegovina (June 3 at Chicago) and Portugal (June 6, Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA).
All available players are expected to report to training on May 12 at the Mexican Football Federation’s High Performance Center.
MEXICO – 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP ROSTER
(as of May 9, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (AC Ajaccio/France), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS: Paul Aguilar (Club America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Miguel Layun (Club America), Hector Moreno (Espanyol/Spain), Diego Reyes (FC Porto/Portugal), Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Club America), Rafael Marquez (Leon), Carlos Salcido (Tigres)
MIDFIELDERS: Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Hector Herrera (FC Porto/Portugal), Juan Carlos Medina (Club America), Luis Montes (Leon), Carlos Peña (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)
FORWARDS: Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United/England), Raul Jimenez (Club America), Oribe Peralta (Santos), Alan Pulido (Tigres)