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Monday, October 5, 2015

Mexico Men's National Soccer Team News


October 5, 2015 - roster named for CONCACAF Cup match vs. USA
  • Goalkeepers: Moises Munoz (Club America/Mexico); Alfredo Talavera (Toluca/Mexico); Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey/Mexico)
  • Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad/Spain); Rafael Marquez (Hellas Verona/Italy); Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Miguel Layun (Porto/Portugal); Hector Herrera (Porto, Portugal); Arturo Rivas (Tigres/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico)
  • Midfielders: Israel Jimenez (Tigres/Mexico); Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven; Netherlands); Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mexico); Javier Aquino (Tigres/Mexico); Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/ Spain)
  • Forwards:  Oribe Peralta (Club America/Mexico); Raul Jimenez (Benfica/Portugal); Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain); Carlos Esquivel (Toluca/Mexico); Jesus Corona (Porto/Portugal); Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany); Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy/United States)  
July 26, 2015 - Andres Guardado, Jesus Corona & Oribe Peralta score in win over Jamaica
Mexico captured a record-extending seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title with a 3-1 win over Jamaica on Sunday before a crowd of 68,930 at Lincoln Financial Field.... Golden Ball winner Andres Guardado, Jesus Corona and Oribe Peralta scored for Mexico, while Darren Mattocks accounted for the Reggae Boyz’s lone goal. Guardado, who finished as the tournament’s second-leading scorer with six goals, netted the first in the 31st minute. Player of the Match Jonathan Dos Santos’ quickly taken free kick was sprayed to the right wing for Paul Aguilar, catching the Jamaican defense somewhat off guard. The Club America standout delivered an assured cross towards the far post, where Guardado volleyed home with his left foot from 10-yards out. Two minutes after the break, Corona – who was named the Bright Future award recipient -- doubled the advantage with the type of skill for which he’s gaining a strong reputation. The 22-year-old attacker stripped defender Michael Hector of possession, raced towards goal and beat goalkeeper Ryan Thompson with a left-footed effort from 20-yards out. Oribe Peralta ended the encounter for all intents and purposes in the 61st minute with his fourth goal of the competition. A modest defensive clearance ultimately found the feet of Aguilar on the right. His cross was misplayed by Hector and fell to Peralta eight yards from goal for a simple right-footed finish." - CONCACAF

July 22, 2015 - Andres Guardado scores brace in win over Panama
"Andres Guardado converted two penalty kicks and Mexico rallied for a 2-1 victory over 10-man Panama on Wednesday before a capacity crowd of 70,511 at the Georgia Dome to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final for an eighth time.... Despite being reduced to 10 players in the 25th minute following Luis Tejada’s ejection, Panama was seconds away from making a second straight appearance in the final. That all changed after Roman Torres was called for a handball in the box and Mexico was awarded a penalty kick. Lengthy protestations followed, but Guardado eventually converted from the spot ten minutes into stoppage time to force an additional 30 minutes of play. Mexico was presented with another penalty kick opportunity near the end of the first extra-time period, when Javier Orozco was fouled in the box by Harold Cummings. Once again, the composed Guardado found the back of the net on the subsequent kick to give the Tricolor a 2-1 lead that it would not relinquish. It was the PSV Eindhoven star’s fifth goal of this Gold Cup and ninth overall. Panama’s lone tally came in the 57th minute through Torres, who scored the game-winning goal against Mexico in the 2013 semifinals. Eric Davis delivered a right-sided corner to the far post as Torres outmuscled Francisco Javier Rodriguez to the ball, heading past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa." - CONCACAF

July 19, 2015 - Andres Guardado scores late winner over Costa Rica
"Andres Guardado converted a penalty kick deep into stoppage time of the second extra-time period, giving Mexico a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday. As a result, the Mexicans secured a fifth straight trip to the semifinals. Costa Rica, the 2014 Central American Cup champion, was eliminated at the same stage for the third consecutive time.... That goal came in what was essentially the 124th minute of play with Guardado leaving no doubt, lashing his left-footed kick from the spot authoritatively into the left side of the net. The PSV Eindhoven star was presented with the opportunity to be the hero, when referee Walter Lopez ruled that Oribe Peralta -- as he was trying to latch onto Miguel Layun’s left-sided cross -- was fouled by Costa Rica’s Roy Miller in the box." - CONCACAF

July 9, 2015 - Oribe Peralta scores hat-trick in win over Cuba
"Oribe Peralta recorded a hat-trick to power Mexico to a 6-0 victory over Cuba in the Group C opener for both teams at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday night. Carlos Vela, Andres Guardado and Giovani Dos Santos also tallied for the Mexicans at Soldier Field. Peralta, the 2013 CONCACAF Player of the Year, gave the Tricolor all the scoring it needed in the 17th minute, poking home from seven-yards out after a flurry of activity in Cuba’s end. After Guardado’s left-footed effort was blocked at the right post by Yasmany Lopez, the unmarked Peralta reacted quickly for his first career Gold Cup goal.... The 26-year-old outmuscled Hanier Dranguet for a bouncing ball in the left side of the box and snapped off a left-footer into the right side of the net to make it 2-0. In the 37th minute, Peralta would net his second. A splendidly deceptive feed on the ground into the right side of the box by Hector Herrera, plus a fine off-the-ball run by Paul Aguilar, allowed the Club America star to slot home easily from nine-yards out. Team captain Guardado grabbed the fourth two minutes prior to the break, beating an offside trap to head home from 12 yards off a wonderful chip into the left side of the penalty area by Antonio Rios....  Peralta’s third goal just after the hour mark. A lofted cross from the left side of the box targeted Peralta, who outjumped Jorge Luis Corrales at the right post for a header towards the goal. As Corrales remained on the ground, Peralta pushed the ball home from “can’t miss” range. Dos Santos, a second-half substitute for his brother Jonathan, punctuated the scoreline in 75th minute, finding the ball of the net courtesy of a long ball from Miguel Layun." - CONCACAF

July 1, 2015 - Chicharito Hernandez will miss Gold Cup with broken collarbone
"Manchester United striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez suffered a broken collarbone playing for Mexico in a goalless friendly against Honduras and is expected to miss the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was a first-half injury that took out the 27-year-old Guadalajara native in the Mexicans' final tune-up match before the biennial North American regional championship tournament that begins next week. Hernandez has 40 goals in 73 caps for Mexico and losing him is a major blow to Mexican hopes of taking the Gold Cup crown for a seventh time in 13 editions of the event, having won in 1993, 1996 and 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2011." - FIFA

June 27, 2015 - Giovani Dos Santos & Javier Hernandez score in draw with Costa Rica
"Mexico and Costa Rica tied 2-2 during an international friendly at the Citrus Bowl Saturday, with El Tri coming to life to erase Los Ticos' 2-0 halftime lead. Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos slipped past the defense and buried a shot into the far corner of the net to make the score 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Dos Santos later set up Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the box, with Chicharito falling sideways as headed the ball in to tie the match 2-2 in the 55th minute.... It was a far different look than Mexico provided during the first half. Costa Rica's David Ramirez slipped past Mexico's defense, including Miguel Layun, and blasted a shot into the net that bounced off Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa and gave Los Ticos an a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of the match.... In the 36th minute, Mexico's Layun was credited with an own-goal when he failed to clear a Ramirez cross. Ochoa has struggled in the net for El Tri against a relentless Costa Rica attack." - Orlando Sentinel

June 24, 2015 - Gold Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Moises Munoz (Club America/Mexico); Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain); Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey/Mexico) 
  • Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Yasser Corona (Queretaro/Mexico); Miguel Herrera (Pachuca/Mexico); Miguel Layun (Watford/England); Hector Moreno (Espanyol/Spain); Diego Reyes (Porto/Portugal); Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Cruz Azul/Mexico) 
  • Midfielders: Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Jesús Dueñas (Tigres/Mexico); Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Hector Herrera (Porto/Portugal); Antonio Rios (Toluca/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico); Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mexico) 
  • Forwards: Jesus Corona (FC Twente/Netherlands); Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Carlos Esquivel (Toluca/Mexico); Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid/Spain); Oribe Peralta (Club America/Mexico); Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain)
June 15, 2015 - Matías Vuoso scores equalizing brace in draw with Chile
"Arturo Vidal and Matías Vuoso fired a brace apiece as Chile and Mexico shared the spoils in a thrilling Copa America Group A match in Santiago. In a breathless, back-and-forth encounter at the Estadio Nacional, Mexico cast off the insipidness of their opening goalless draw against Bolivia to give as good as they got against the hosts and one of the pre-tournament favorites. Miguel Herrera’s squad, missing several players ahead of next month’s gold Cup twice took the lead in the opening half first through first Vuoso and then Raúl Jiménez. But Chile repeatedly found an answer as a Mexico defense missing the experience of Rafael Márquez came unstuck. Having got the initial equalizer, the superb Arturo Vidal crossed onto the head of Eduardo Vargas to make it 2-2 before at the start of the second half he converted from the penalty spot after himself being brought down. Having had a day’s less rest and with Chile now in the ascendency, Mexico might have been expected to fade away, but instead they stunned the home crowd as Vuoso nipped in to make it 3-3 with just over 20 minutes remaining. And that proved enough for what could prove a vital point, as Chile failed to convert late chances and were denied by an erroneous offside flag." - IBT

June 3, 2015 - Juan Carlos Valenzuela scores equalizer in draw with Peru
"Wednesday's 1-1 tie for Mexico against Peru might have been only a warmup match for El Tri, but it gave coach Miguel Herrera -- who has said he has a team capable of winning the tournament -- a timely reminder of just how difficult a competition it is likely to be for a weakened Mexico squad.... Peru dominated the first half and eventually went ahead when Jefferson Farfan tapped home in the 62nd minute, with Juan Carlos Valenzuela equalizing for Mexico with a header in the 76th." - ESPN

May 30, 2015 - Eduardo Herrera scores brace in win over Guatemala
"Mexico started its final Copa America preparations in fine style, cruising past Guatemala 3-0 at home on Saturday. In their first of three pre-tournament friendlies, Mexico extended Guatemala's winless run to five games, with Eduardo Herrera scoring a brace for the home side in Tuxtla Gutierrez, as Miguel Herrera's side bid farewell to its home fans.... Herrera, who scored with his first touch for Mexico in April, made it three goals in four matches in his fledgling international career, with strikes either side of halftime. On the half-hour mark, Mexico wingback Gerardo Flores bravely slid in against Guatemala goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez to hook the ball back for Herrera to finish. It was 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Hugo Ayala split the visitors' defense to pick out Herrera's run and the Pumas UNAM striker converted across Jerez from a tight angle, while Jesus Corona completed Mexico's win 11 minutes later with a tap in from Raul Jimenez's cross." - Goal

April 13, 2015 - Jurgen Damm out, Carlos Esquivel in
"Midfielder Jurgen Damm has been advised to rest while fighting salmonellosis and will be replaced by Toluca’s Carlos Esquivel.  The 33-year-old attacker has scored two goals in 13 appearances for the Red Devils during the current Liga MX Clausura season." - CONCACAF

April 9, 2015 - roster updates for USA friendly
"Chivas striker Erick "Cubo" Torres is back in the Mexico squad for the April 15 friendly against the United States in San Antonio, despite his lack of minutes for his club. The 22-year-old -- on loan from MLS side Houston Dynamo -- hasn't started a single Liga MX game since his return to Chivas for the Clausura 2015, but has scored five goals over league and cup matches. Chivas teammate Carlos Salcedo -- who joined the club over the winter from Real Salt Lake -- received his first call-up to the full national team, with the 21-year-old center back having impressed so far this season. Other first team call-ups in Herrera's 19-player squad include Chiapas right midfielder Luis 'Chaka' Rodriguez and Queretaro's central midfielder Mario Osuna. Leon's Luis "Chapo" Montes comes back into the squad for the first time since breaking his leg against Ecuador in a World Cup 2014 warm-up match." - ESPN

March 31, 2015 - Eduardo Herrera scores in win over Paraguay
"Eduardo Herrera scored with his first touch in international football, netting the only goal in Mexico's 1-0 triumph over Paraguay in Kansas City on Tuesday. The 26-year-old striker volleyed Juan Carlos Medina's free kick home at the back post in just the third minute at Arrowhead Stadium, and while el Tri had the better of the chances for the rest of the match, they had to settle for successive one-goal wins." - Copa America

March 28, 2015 - Javier Hernandez scores in win over Ecuador
"Javier Hernandez moved a step closer to overhauling Jared Borgetti on Mexico's all-time scoring list after helping Miguel Herrera's men to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in Saturday's international friendly. Hernandez scored the only goal of the match at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the 14th minute - moving second alongside Cuauhtemoc Blanco on 39 goals. The 26-year-old - on loan at Real Madrid - is now just seven goals adrift of Borgetti." - Fox Sports

March 25, 2015 - roster pre-updates
"Midfielder Hector Herrera and defender Miguel Layun will return to their clubs after El Tri's March 28 friendly with Ecuador and will not feature against Paraguay on March 31. Porto want Herrera to be ready for their April 2 Portuguese league cup semi-final against Maritimo, while promotion-chasing Watford hope to include Layun in their side for the clash with Derby County on April 3. Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera said the players' departure is part of the relationship the national team has with clubs." - Copa America

March 23, 2015 - Francisco Javier Rodríguez & Rafael Marquez withdraw
"Mexico have revealed that defender Francisco Javier Rodríguez has dropped out of their squad for the friendlies against Ecuador and Paraguay. The experienced centre-back – who has 98 international caps to his name – has withdrawn due a family problem.... It means Herrera, who initially named a 25-man squad, will now have only 23 players at his disposal with Rafael Marquez also having withdrawn through injury." - Copa America

March 18, 2015 - roster named for Ecuador & Paraguay friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga - Spain), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)
  • Defenders: Julio Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Maza Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Oswaldo Alanis (Santos), Paul Aguilar (America), Adrian Aldrete (Santos), Diego Reyes (Porto - Portugal), Miguel Layun (Watford - England), Hector Moreno (Espanyol - Spain)
  • Midfielders: Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Javier Guemez (Tijuana), Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas), Jurgen Damm (Pachuca), Hector Herrera (Porto - Portugal), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Andres Guardado (PSV - Netherlands), Jesus Corona (FC Twente - Netherlands)
  • Forwards: Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (Real Madrid - Spain), Raul Jimenez (Atletico Madrid - Spain), Eduardo Herrera (Pumas), Gio dos Santos (Villarreal - Spain)
March 9, 2015 - roster updates
"Head coach Miguel Herrera has named 12 European-based players who will make up part of his squad for the forthcoming friendlies with Ecuador and Paraguay. El Tri, who will once again be competing at the Copa América this summer in Chile, take on Group A rivals Ecuador in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 28. Herrera’s side then head to Kansas City for their clash with Paraguay, who are in Copa America Group B, for their second game on US soil. Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela, who ended a lengthy international exile late last year to return to Herrera’s plans, misses out as he is currently sidelined after undergoing knee surgery. But Real Madrid’s on-loan Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez makes the cut, despite his relative lack of action following his summer switch." - Copa America

November 17, 2014 - roster changes
"Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has named his starting XI for Tuesday's friendly against Belarus and will make 10 changes from the side which defeated Netherlands 3-2 on Wednesday. Right wing-back Paul Aguilar is the only player who will start both matches, with Herrera making wholesale alterations for the second of two November matches El Tri are playing in Europe.... In midfield, Jonathan dos Santos is set to start as the holding midfielder and earn his first start for the national team since a 2012 friendly against Colombia. He's joined in midfield by Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, who assisted Carlos Vela's second goal against the Dutch, and Alfonso Gonzalez. The forwards will be Gio dos Santos and Raul Jimenez, who replaced goalscorers Carlos Vela and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the 76th minute of the match in Amsterdam." - Copa America

November 12, 2014 - Carlos Vela scores brace, Javier Hernandez hits winner over Netherlands
"In a rematch of their round of 16 game at this past summer’s World Cup, Mexico avenged its loss with a 3-2 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday in a game played on Dutch soil. The difference was Carlos Vela, who scored twice upon his return from a self-imposed exile.  For nearly 3½ years, Vela had refused callups after he was suspended from the team for disciplinary reasons in late 2010 and heavily criticized for his performances in 2011. It took only eight minutes to remind Mexico what they had missed. Vela had stepped into some vacant space outside the Dutch box and unleashed a rocket, a bending effort into the far top corner that left Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul helpless. In the 62nd minute, Vela put El Tri ahead a second time after Wesley Sneijder’s own strike from distance had evened the game back up just after halftime, when he’d brought down a poor clearance from the Mexican defense. This time, Jesus Manuel Corona, who had only just come on, connected with Vela over the top for the forward to lash his finish through Krul. But it was Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez who ultimately won the game. He was played through in the 69th minute, staying onside by no more than a few inches, then circled Krul to slipped in Mexico’s third. All the Dutch could offer in response was Daley Blind’s shot from distance five minutes later, when he ran up the gut and saw his shot deflected by Diego Reyes to wrong-foot goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa." - Fox Sports

November 4, 2014 - roster updates
"El Tri is set to take on the Netherlands and Belarus in friendlies on November 12th and 18th, respectively, with both matches taking place on European soil. Miguel Herrera had previously called in ten Europe-based players for these games, and he has now completed the roster with the addition of twelve domestic-based players. Querétaro’s George Corral, Atlas’s Arturo González, and Santos Laguna’s Adrián Aldrete are somewhat surprising call ups, while América’s Oribe Peralta is a notable absence." - Soccer, Translated

October 28, 2014 - Carlos Vela gets a call
"Carlos Vela has been called into Mexico's camp for November friendly matches against the Netherlands and Belarus. The Real Sociedad forward, who last night missed out on being named La Liga's best striker in 2013-14 after being placed on the shortlist, hasn't represented his country since 2011 because of various disputes. Miguel Herrera had hinted at a call-up for these two matches and, despite a news conference from the player that seemed to indicate he would not accept a call, has called Vela into camp." - Goal

October 12, 2014 - Erick Torres scores in win over Panama
Second-half substitute Erick Torres struck in the 89th minute to give Mexico a 1-0 victory over Panama in an international friendly on Sunday at the Estadio Corregidora Stadium.... Torres’ goal came as a result of being in the right place at the right time.  After some patient possession play, Miguel Angel Herrera unleashed a right-footed shot from 25-yards out.  The ball bounced in front of goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane, off his chest and into the air.  Oribe Peralta rushed in for a header, only for MacFarlane to apply the slightest of deflections.  It fell to Torres fortuitously and the Chivas USA standout was able to hit the back of the net with his right foot from six-yards out." - CONCACAF

October 9, 2014 - Javier Hernandez & Oswaldo Alanis score in win over Honduras
"Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez made the most of his first start for Mexico in almost a year as he scored an early goal for El Tri that helped defeat Honduras 2-0 on Thursday night. Chicharito’s goal was his 37th scored for El Tri and the victory marked the first time Mexico has defeated Honduras in over five years. Chicharito scored in the 21st minute after receiving a terrific assist from fellow striker, Oribe Peralta. With the goal Chicharito is now two goals shy of tying Cuahtemoc Blanco for second place on Mexico’s all time leading scorer list. Jared Borgetti is the current record holder with over 46 goals tallied while playing for El Tri. Newcomer, Oswaldo Alanis, scored the second goal for Mexico in the 36th minute off of a terrific set piece. Marco Fabian took the corner kick and placed it perfectly in front of the net for Alanis to head in easily." - Latin Times

October 2, 2014 - roster updates
"Mexico coach Miguel Herrera finalised his list of players for El Tri's October friendlies, adding Tijuana Xolos midfielder Javier Guemez, but leaving out Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona. El Tri will play two friendlies in October: Oct. 9 vs. Honduras at Victor Manuel Reyna stadium in Chiapas and on Oct. 12 vs. Panama at Queretaro. Herrera, who named the Europe-based players last week, said there was no controversy involved in leaving Corona behind. "He is not off the team. I would like to look at other players, it is nothing more'..... About the addition of Xolos midfielder Javier Guemez, Atlas' Alfonso Arturo Gonzalez and Cruz Azul's Julio Cesar Dominguez, Herrera said: 'they have earnd the chance, they have been playing very well'.... Last week, Mexico recalled a number of its Europe-based players, including Real Madrid striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and left out Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela. Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, on loan Rayo Vallecano winger Javier Aquino, Porto's Hector Herrera and Chivas USA's Erick Torres were included with Hernandez. Herrera left out Porto's Diego Reyes and the Villarreal brother duo of Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos.' - ESPN

September 9, 2014 - Miguel Layun scores in win over Bolivia
"Mexico picked up their first win of the 2018 World Cup cycle on Tuesday, besting Bolivia, 1-0, in a friendly. Miguel Layun provided the difference for El Tri, who were the better side in front of a partisan crowd in Denver, CO., but still struggled some with many of their best players missing. Miguel Herrera used few first choice players for this contest as the Mexico manager opted to give some youngsters and some once-exiled players an opportunity. Despite not having the likes of Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Carlos Pena, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernandez and Raul Jimenez, Mexico were the better side from the start, creating chances within minutes. Their pace overwhelmed Bolivia and in the 18th minute, they got on the scoreboard. A nifty one-two at the top of the box between Javier Orozco and Cubo Torres undid the Bolivia defense, but Cubo's finish wasn't great. It was straight at the goalkeeper, but fortunately for El Tri, Daniel Vaca did not handle the shot well and left a fat rebound for Layun to tap into the back of the net." - SB Nation

June 30, 2014 - Hector Moreno out six months with broken tibia
"The center back suffered a fracture in Mexico's loss to the Netherlands, which will likely keep him out of  action for several months and derail a move to a bigger club. Mexico center back Hector Moreno was carried off just before halftime in El Tri’s 2-1 loss to the Netherlands and is likely to be out for six months. Espanyol’s Moreno fractured his tibia bone while attempting to tackle Arjen Robben and will be operated on in Guadalajara on Tuesday. 'This type of injury requires six months to get back to playing,' doctor Rafael Ortega, who will be carrying out the operation, told Medio Tiempo.' - Goal

June 23, 2014 - Javier Hernandez leads Mexico to win over Croatia
"A three-goal burst in the space of 10 minutes propelled Mexico to a 3-1 win over Croatia in Recife in the final Group A game. Mexico will now head into the Round of 16, where it will face the Netherlands in Fortaleza on Sunday. The two teams played out a sloppy and tetchy match that only came to life when Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera withdrew the ineffective Gio dos Santos and replaced him with striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Hernandez, the Manchester United attacker, galvanized a hitherto stunted attack, and in the 72nd minute, Rafa Marquez rose above Vedran Corluka and Dejan Lovren to direct a header past Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa to give El Tri the lead. Hernandez set up the second goal three minutes, later, racing downfield to pass to Oribe Peralta on the right wing. Peralta’s low center was met by an unmarked Andres Guardado, who fired home from 12 yards. Hernandez rounded out the Mexican scoring himself in the 82nd minute, when he headed home a corner at the far post." - New York Times

June 13, 2014 - Oribe Peralta scores in win over Cameroon 
"Oribe Peralta scored in the second half to help Mexico to a 1-0 victory over Cameroon in torrential rain Friday, earning El Tri their first World Cup win over an African team and giving them a crucial three points in Group A. Peralta's left-foot shot in the 61st minute justified coach Miguel Herrera's decision to start him ahead of striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, arguably Mexico's best known player. Giovanni Dos Santos had two goals disallowed in a frustrating first half, when Samuel Eto'o hit the post for Cameroon. Peralta broke the deadlock just as thousands of Mexican fans were cheering for Hernandez to come into the game. He swooped after Cameroon goalkeeper Charles Itandje parried a shot by Dos Santos." - San Jose Mercury News

May 31, 2014 - Luis Montes sugffers broken leg
"Midfielder Luis Montes was stretchered off of El Tri’s friendly with Ecuador at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after fracturing his right tibia and fibula, according to Univision. The 28-year-old Leon player has been ruled out of the World Cup. Montes was driven immediately to a local hospital. The injury occurred in the 35th minute, when Montes challenged for a loose ball with Ecuador’s Segundo Castillo. There was nothing malicious on either player’s part, but Montes came out of the tackle writhing in pain and clutching his lower right leg." - MLS

May 28, 2014 - Miguel Layun scores twice in 3-0 win over Israel
"Miguel Layun scored the first two international goals of his career to lead Mexico to a 3-0 victory over Israel at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday night. Layun found the net on either side of half-time and Marco Fabian added another as El Tri won the first of four friendlies before opening their World Cup campaign against Cameroon on June 13. The Mexican Federation used the Israel match to celebrate the career of legendary forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who recently signed with Puebla at age 41 and wore the No. 10 shirt in more than 100 matches for his country. Herrera named his starting line-up on Monday, surprisingly leaving Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez on the bench. Instead, Blanco and Oribe Peralta started up front." - Goal

May 9, 2014 - Word Cup roster named
Goalkeepers:
  • Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)
  • Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)
  • Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).
Defenders:
  • Rafa Marquez (Leon)
  • Paul Aguilar (America)
  • Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Miguel Layun (America)
  • Hector Moreno (Espanyol)
  • Diego Reyes (Porto)
  • Francisco Rodriguez (America)
  • Carlos Salcido (Tigres).
Midfielders:
  • Isaac Brizuela (Toluca)
  • Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul)
  • Hector Herrera (Porto)
  • Juan Carlos Medina (America)
  • Luis Montes (Leon)
  • Carlos Pena (Leon)
  • Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon).
Forwards:
  • Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal)
  • Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
  • Raul Jimenez (America)
  • Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna)
  • Alan Pulido (Tigres)

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