MEXICO CITY.- On Sunday, Mexico began its preparation for this month's FIFA matches against Iceland and Croatia on March 23 and March 27, respectively.
The squad of players will travel to San Jose, California, where the players participating in European leagues and Carlos Vela of Los Angeles FC of the MLS will be integrated.
The matches against Iceland and Croatia, which are part of the preparation for the 2018 World Cup, will be played in the United States; the first in Santa Clara on March 23 and the second on 27 in Dallas.
Three players who had been previously called by head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, Jonathan Dos Santos, Javier Aquino and Jürgen Damm were excluded at the last minute due to injuries.
In a friendly match held last Friday with his club, L.A. Galaxy, Jonathan Dos Santos suffered a myofascial injury in the distal third of the left crural biceps. His treatment indicates that his first week of recovery cannot include physical activity. Taking his place is Oswaldo Alanis of Club Guadalajara who qualified for the semifinals of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
Javier Aquino de Tigres UANL and Jürgen Damm have both expressed adductor discomfort.
Following evaluation, team coaches and the Tigres Club agreed Aquino and Damm will make their recovery on their team and depending on how they heal, it will later be decided if they can be integrated to Mexico’s national team for Tuesday's game on March 27 in Dallas, Texas.
After the matches against Iceland and Croatia, Mexico will close its World Cup preparation against Wales, on May 28; Scotland, on June 2, and Denmark, on June 9.
Mexico’s roster, friendly matches against Iceland and Croatia
GOALKEPERS: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Lieja-BEL), José de Jesús Corona (Blue Cross), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).
DEFENDERS: Héctor Moreno (Real Sociedad-Spain), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt- Germany), Diego Reyes (Porto-Portugal), Néstor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Miguel Layun (Sevilla-Spain), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas UNAM), Edson Alvarez (America), Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara)
MIDFIELDERS: Hector Herrera (Porto- Portugal), Andres Guardado (Real Betis-Spain), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt-Germany), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Jorge Hernandez (Pachuca ), Omar Govea (Royal Excel-Belgium).
FORWARDS: Javier Hernandez (West Ham-England), Raul Jimenez (Benfica-Portugal), Oribe Peralta (America), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven-Holland), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC-USA), Jesus Manuel Corona ( Porto-Portugal), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jürgen Damm (Tigres).