Oribe Peralta (left) and Javier Hernandez (right) will be counted on to energize the offense during Mexico qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – Juan Carlos Osorio’s tenure as Mexico head coach will begin much in the same way that of Ricardo Ferretti – the four-game interim manager -- ended.
For a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers, the 53-year-old named Thursday a 25-player roster, which included 10 of the 11 starters from the Tricolor’s 3-2 win over the United States in the CONCACAF Cup last month.
Featured in the selection are the three scorers from the October 10 match that earned the Mexicans a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup: Paul Aguilar, Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta.
Hernandez, 27, has been in scintillating form for Bayer Leverkusen, scoring four goals in as many 2015/16 UEFA Champions League outings for the German power.
Peralta’s performances have helped Club America excel domestically and internationally this season. The 31-year-old forward has netted seven times in 14 Liga MX Apertura outings for the second-place Aguilas, while tallying once in defense of their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League title.
Mexico will open its bid for a 2018 FIFA World Cup berth in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying at home against Group A-rival El Salvador on November 13. Four days after that meeting in the Estadio Azteca, the Gold Cup champion will visit Honduras in San Pedro Sula.
(World Cup Qualifying: November 13, 2015, home v El Salvador; November 17, 2015, away v Honduras)
GOALKEEPERS: Moises Muñoz (Club America), Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS: Paul Aguilar (Club America), Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Luis Fuentes (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Porto/Portugal), Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad/Spain), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)
MIDFIELDERS: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Alejandro Castro (Pumas), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto/Portugal), Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Jonathan Dos Santos (Villareal/Spain), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands), Hector Herrera (Porto/Portugal), Carlos Peña (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)
FORWARDS: Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Raul Jimenez (Benfica/Portugal), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain)