• Tuesday May 20, 2014

    Ponce replaces injured Medina on Mexico WC roster

    Miguel Ponce (pictured) was named to Mexico's World Cup roster on May 20, 2014, as a replacement for the injured Juan Carlos Medina. (Photo: Mexsport)

    MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican Football Federation announced Tuesday that an injury will force Juan Carlos Medina to miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup and that he will be replaced on the roster by Toluca left-back Miguel Ponce. 

    A medical exam determined that the Club America midfielder, 30, suffered damage to his right ankle, which will require surgery. 

    Ponce joined Toluca in December from Guadalajara and has played 111 career games in the Mexican top flight.  The 25-year-old helped the Red Devils to a runner-up finish behind Cruz Azul in the recently completed 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League 

    Born in the United States, Ponce was part of Mexico squads that won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Football Tournament and was champion of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying competition.

    He made his full international debut for Mexico at the 2011 Copa America, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 loss against Peru.  Ponce also netted once in two 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup outings.

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