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El Tri roster for USA clash

Peralta and co. will look to claim a win against rival USA in San Antonio (Getty)

Here are Piojo’s roster calls for the match against the USA on Wednesday, April 15 in San Antonio, Texas.

Goalkeepers: Saucedo, Orozco

Defenders: Jerry Flores, Mier, Maza, Dominguez, Efraín Velarde, Carlos Salcedo, Alanís, Maza, Corral, Aldrete

Midfielders: Luis Montes, Antonio Rios, Jürgen Damm, Chaka Rodríguez, Mario Osuna

Forwards: Cubo Torres, Lalo Herrera, Oribe Peralta

Notes: Memo Ochoa and Diego Reyes were unable to get permission to play in this Non-FIFA date friendly.

Vamos México!


Mexico’s roster for November Euro tour

Tecatito gets his shot with El Tri this November (Getty)

Goalkeepers: Ochoa, Talavera

Defenders: Paul Aguilar, Reyes, Aldrete, Julio Domínguez, Ponce, Enrique Pérez, Alanís, M. Herrera, Venegas, George Corral

Midfielders: Guardado, Herrera, José Vásquez, Jonathan dos Santos, Arturo González, Tecatito Corona

Forwards: Giovani, Chicharito, Carlos Vela, Raúl Jiménez

Mexico’s roster for October friendlies

Layún will look to boost El Tri with his impressive form as of late (Getty)

Below is the list of players Piojo called for the October friendlies against Honduras (Oct. 9) and Panama (Oct. 12):

Goalkeepers: Ochoa, Talavera

Defenders: Aguilar, Layún, Ayala, Pizarro, Torres Nilo, Domínguez, Enrique Pérez, Oswaldo Alanis, Miguel Herrera, Venegas

Midfielders: Aquino, Javier Güemez, Herrera, Fabián, Antonio Ríos

Forwards: Erick Torres, Chicharito, Orozco, Peralta, González

Full roster for September friendlies

Cubo Torres gets his chance to shine with the Senior side (Getty)

Well, its time again for some El Tri action. It’s time to start the road to 2015 and the challenges coming up. Below is the roster Herrera and co. put together for the friendlies against Chile (Sept. 6) and Bolivia (Sept. 9):

Goalkeepers: Ochoa, Muñoz

Defenders: Maza, Ayala, Layún, Paul Aguilar, Mier, Ponce, Oswaldo Alanís, Miguel A. Herrera, Luis Venegas

Midfielders: Guardado, Aquino, Fabián, Herrera, Vázquez, Antonio Ríos, Rodolfo Pizarro

Forwards/Strikers: Giovani dos Santos, Peralta, Javier Orozco, Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres

Quick El Tri Headlines: August 21, 2014

Herrera scored a major goal for FC Porto in their victory over Lille (Agência EFE)
  • Miguel Herrera spoke recently about the future of the national team, claiming that there are no closed doors. Even mentioned Vela and Jona dos Santos by name, saying he would like to see them play in November with El Tri.
  • Raúl Jiménez made his transfer to Atlético Madrid and played 12 minutes against Real Madrid on Tuesday. 
  • Javier Aquino got off to a good start with Rayo Vallecano, scoring in his first apperance. 
  • Hector Herrera continues to shine with FC Porto. He scored the winning goal in their Champions league playoff against Lille.
  • Giovani helped Villareal in their 3-0 over Astana on the road, scoring a cheeky chip. The game was a big win for Villareal in their UEFA Europa league playoff. (Goal at the 1:00 mark)

Mexico 3, Israel 0: No Place Like Home

Cuauhtémoc says goodbye one last time  (Mexsport)

Wednesday night was the final time El Tri would play in Mexico up to the World Cup. The night was special, as legendary Cuauhtémoc Blanco would suit up one last time in a Mexico kit.

The game against Israel would serve as a good exhibition, especially since Israel was a difficult opponent in their group during WCQ.  It would be pivotal to see who would fight for a potential starting spot, and Herrera sent out the Following XI:

  • Corona
  • Aguilar, Maza, Salcido, Reyes, Layún
  • Brizuela, Guardado, Fabián
  • Peralta, Cuauhtémoc (C)

It was a very experimental lineup, especially with Salcido and Guardado in unfamiliar territory. However, the match started off in good rhythm for Mexico, and Blanco helped keep things entertaining with his legendary footwork and precise passing.

Just before the 40th minute, Blanco was called off and the Estadio Azteca gave a spine chilling roar for the legendary Mexican.

Raúl Jiménez entered for Blanco and the energy didn’t die down. Only 3 minutes after Blanco left the pitch, Miguel Layún scored a rocket knuckle ball from distance. The goal gave Mexico a lead into half, and something felt right for once in the Azteca.

12 minutes into the second half, Miguel Layún didn’t have enough…he had yet another screamer in which Israeli keeper, Harush, was able to deflect. However, the ball rotated its way back into the goal.

Yet, the two goal lead was quieted several minutes later when Maza Rodríguez collided with keeper Corona. José de Jesús Corona laid still after the collision, and the injury was enough to bring in Guillermo Ochoa as a sub.

Mexico began to really take control of the game, and the Israeli’s found it difficult to rattle the home side.

El tri continued to pressure and in the 85th minute, Marco Fabián scored from inside the box off a deflection.

The 3-0 scoreline would remain, and Mexico left the Azteca feeling happy. Something that was a rarity in 2013. But, the enjoyment will be short lived as Ecuador awaits Mexico in Dallas, Texas.

*Update: José de Jesús Corona will make the trip to Dallas, and looks to be ok to continue with the team.