Javier Hernandez (#14) was called up to Mexico for its March 5, 2014, friendly against Nigeria in Atlanta. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – Head coach Miguel Herrera announced Thursday a 24-man roster for Mexico’s pre-World Cup friendly against Nigeria on March 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
The selection is highlighted by the presence of eight players currently based in Europe, including Javier Hernandez. The Manchester United forward appeared in a team-high 16 World Cup qualifiers on the road to Brazil 2014.
Club America (2013 Clausura) and Leon (2013 Apertura) – the last two Liga MX champions -- are well represented, providing six and four players, respectively.
The match will also mark the return of midfielder Andres Guardado, who earned a call-up after his recent loan to Bayer Leverkusen from Valencia.
Mexico, which is coming off a 4-0 win over Korea Republic in January, leads the all-time series against Nigeria with a win and three draws in four previous meetings. Their last encounter ended in a 2-2 stalemate on May 31, 2013, in Houston, Texas.
(International friendly: March 5, 2014, v Nigeria in Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
GOALKEEPERS: Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Moises Muñoz (Club America), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio/France)
DEFENDERS: Diego Reyes (FC Porto/Portugal), Rafael Márquez (Leon), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Club America), Enrique Perez (Atlas), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club America), Miguel Layun (Club America), Paul Aguilar (Club America), Miguel Ponce (Toluca), Hector Moreno (Espanyol/Spain)
MIDFIELDERS: Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Luis Montes (Leon), Juan Carlos Medina (Club America), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Carlos Peña (Leon), Giovanni Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain), Javier Aquino (Villarreal/Spain), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Hector Herrera (FC Porto/Portugal)
FORWARDS: Oribe Peralta (Santos), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United/England), Alan Pulido (Tigres)