Oribe Peralta, the 2013 CONCACAF Player of the Year, was named to Mexico's roster for its January 29, 2014, friendly against Korea Republic. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – Oribe Peralta, the 2013 CONCACAF Player of the Year, leads a 21-man roster for Mexico’s upcoming friendly against Korea Republic, head coach Miguel Herrera announced Thursday. The match, which kicks off the Tricolor’s pre-World Cup schedule, will take place on January 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The inclusion of Peralta, a forward with Santos, highlights a selection that also features defender Rafael Marquez of Liga MX champion Leon, as well as five players from Club America.
Veteran Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona is on the list, along with Porto defender Diego Reyes. Additionally, talented young players such as midfielders Rodolfo Gilbert Pizarro (Pachuca), and Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), plus forward Alan Pulido (Tigres), are receiving their first senior call-ups.
Mexico is unbeaten in seven of 10 all-time games against Korea Republic, registering five wins and two draws. In their last meeting on February 15, 2006, the Asian power triumphed 1-0 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The squad will convene for training in advance of the encounter on Sunday at the Mexican Football Federation’s Centro de Alto Rendimiento.
(International Friendly: January 29, 2014, v Korea Republic at Alamodome San Antonio, Texas)
GOALKEEPERS: Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS: Diego Reyes (Porto/Portugal), Rafael Marquez (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), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)
MIDFIELDERS: Rodolfo Gilbert Pizarro (Pachuca), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Jesus Zavala (Monterrey), Luis Montes (Leon), Juan Carlos Medina (Club America), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Carlos Peña (Leon)
FORWARDS: Oribe Peralta (Santos), Aldo de Nigris (Guadalajara), Alan Pulido (Tigres)