We still have a while until El Tri heads on down in hopes of a big result in Brazil. There will be qualifiers and friendlies to help narrow out a solid roster to take on Italy, Brazil, and Japan in group play. Yet, as of now, there are names that would be solidified, and some still in the air. Here is a shot at what the starting eleven will look like.
Goalkeeper: Jose de Jesus Corona
Defenders: Israel Jimenez, Hiram Mier, Hector Moreno, Torres Nilo
Defensive midfielders: Jorge ‘Chaton’ Enriquez, Hector Herrera
Attacking midfielders: Giovani Dos Santos, Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado
Striker: Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez
Possibilities (either subs or starters): Marco Fabian, Javier Aquino, Hugo Ayala, Diego Reyes, Guillermo Ochoa, Oribe Peralta, Carlos Peña, Paul Aguilar, Miguel Ponce, Angel Reyna, Elias Hernandez, Aldo de Nigris, Jonathan Dos Santos.
There are some notable names missing, but this is of course with the Gold cup and U-20 World cup in mind. I see a guy like Carlos Salcido being one of the veterans with a group of youngsters (Ulises Davila for example) back in the U.S. for the Gold cup. Of course, we are still early in the new year, and are a few weeks away from our first match. However, if you were to ask me what the starting XI would look like right now…I’d have to go with the ones presented.