Mexico announces U23 mini-camp roster

The Mexico under-23 national team (pictured) shown training on March 27, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

MEXICO CITY – One day after learning its opponents in the 2016 Olympic Football Tournament, Mexico announced that 26 under-23 players have been invited to a mini-camp from April 17-20 at the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol’s High Performance Center.

The defending Olympic and current CONCACAF champion was drawn Thursday into Group C with Fiji, Korea Republic and Germany for Rio 2016.

Head coach Raul Gutierrez will hold double sessions on Monday and Tuesday, plus a single training on Wednesday.

The roster is highlighted by the inclusion 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Best XI selections Erick Aguirre (defender), Gibran Lajud (goalkeeper) and Erick Torres (forward).

Before competing in the Olympics, the side will head to France for the prestigious Toulon tournament in May.


GOALKEEPERS: Luis Cardenas (Monterrey), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas/USA), Gibran Lajud (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Pelaez (Cruz Azul)

DEFENDERS: Jose Javier Abella (Santos), Erick Aguirre (Morelia), Juan Carlos Garcia Sancho (Cruz Azul), Carlos Guzman (Club Tijuana), Kevin Gutierrez (Club Tijuana), Luis Lopez (Monterrey), Hedgardo Martin (Guadalajara), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Osvaldo Rodriguez (Pachuca)

MIDFIELDERS: Daniel Alvarez (Club Atlas), Jesus Alonso Escoboza (Club Tijuana), Alfonso Gonzalez (Atlas), Raul Lopez (Guadalajara), Michael Perez (Guadalajara), Ulises Rivas (Santos), Josecarlos Van Rankin (Pumas)

FORWARDS: Marco Bueno (Leon), Alejandro Diaz (Club America), Carlos Fierro (Queretaro), Luis Lorona (Jaguares), Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo), Martin Zuñiga (Dorados)