Mexican national team coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre released the final list for the upcoming CONCACAF final hexagonal game of world cup qualifying scheduled for Feb. 6, 2013 at Azteca stadium in Mexico City. There are 23 names on the list, some are first time call ups on official dates, others are returning.
The most visible name earning his first FIFA date cap is Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo. Returning to the squad after several years absent is his teammate Fernando Arce. The two are members of La Liga MX’s current league champions and have earned their call up with hard effort and play.
Club America of Mexico City is providing the most players, with four. The European legion also has four players, three from Spain and one from the English Premiership. Nine players won the London 2012 Olympic gold medal. The youngest player is 20 years old, the oldest 32 (three players). There are two members of the U-17 FIFA World Cup Peru 2005 world championship team.
Missing are two important players from the European legion. Carlos Vela from Spain’s Real Sociedad and Guillermo Ochoa of AC Ajaccio of France’s Ligue 1. Javier Aquino recently signed with Spain’s Villareal CF, and Diego Reyes is expected to join Portugal’s FC Porto in July.
El Tri arrives at the Colossus of Santa Ursula with heavy guns to face the Reggae Boys who have never won a match at the mythical stadium. In their last three games at the venue, Jamaica has conceded 12 goals and have yet to score.
Cirilo Saucedo (Club Tijuana), Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca FC)
Francisco Rodriguez (America), Paul Aguilar (America), Hector Moreno (RCD Espanyol), Diego Reyes (America), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Severo Meza (Monterrey), Darvin Chavez (Monterrey)
Andres Guardado (Valencia CF), Marco Fabian (Chivas), Carlos Salcido (Tigres UANL), Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul), Jesus Molina (America), Angel Reyna (Pachuca), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Hector Herrera (Pachuca)
Aldo DeNigris (Monterrey), Oribe Peralta (Santos), Giovani dos Santos (RCD Mallorca), Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (Manchester United)