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GOLD CUP: Group A pre-tournament update
June 28th, 2003 12:59AM




Only seven 2002 World Cup players were on Mexican coach Ricardo Lavolpe's preliminary roster for the Gold Cup: goalie Oscar Perez, defenders Melvin Brown, Salvador Carmona and Rafael Marquez, midfielder Rafael Garcia and forwards: Jesus Arellano and Jared Borgetti.

Mexico opened training camp June 23 at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Mexico City. The Tri will travel to Carson, Calif., to meet El Salvador on July 6 at the Home Depot Center before returning to Mexico City for the Gold Cup.


Goalkeepers: Oscar Perez (Cruz Azul), Oswaldo Sanchez (Guadalajara). Defenders: Omar Briceno (Tigres), Melvin Brown (Cruz Azul), Salvador Carmona (Toluca), Rafael Marquez (Monaco/FRA), Mario Mendez (Atlas), Ricardo Osorio (Cruz Azul), Pavel Pardo (Club America), Mariano Trujillo (UNAM). Midfielders: Rafael Garcia (Toluca), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Eduardo Rergis (Atlante), Juan Pablo Rodriguez (Atlas), Fernando Salazar (Atlas), Octavio Valdez (Toluca). Forwards: Jesus Arellano (Monterrey), Jared Borgetti (Santos), Omar Bravo (Guadalajara), Daniel Osorno (Atlas), Irving Rubirosa (Atlante), Miguel Zepeda (Cruz Azul).


Brazil is sending an under-23 team to the Gold Cup.

Coach Ricardo Gomes has called up Thiago Motta of Spanish club Barcelona and Ewerthon of Germany's Borussia Dortmund.

The rest of the players will be Brazilian-based.


Catracho coach Edwin Pavon named a preliminary list of 30 players, of which 20 will go to the Gold Cup.

Honduras-based players:

Olimpia -- Mario Roberto Beata, Milton Jose Palacios, Wilson Roberto Palacios, Oscar Armando Bonilla, Wilmer Reinel Neal Velasquez; Real Espa┬▒a -- Jaime Heliberto Rosales, Carlos Alberto Oliva, Erick Cecilio Vallecillo, Javier Omar Martinez, Sergio Geovany Mendoza; Platense -- Walter Joel Hernandez, Rony Edgardo Morales, Edgar Anthony Alvarez; Victoria -- Jhon Alston Hoore Bodden; Universidad -- Hector Orlando Medina; Christian Santamaria; Marathon -- Victor Arturo Coello, Jose Emil Martinez, Emil Martinez Luis Edgardo Guifarr; Motagua -- Mauricio Castro, Jairo Manfredo Martinez.

Foreign-based players:

Cartagino (Costa Rica) -- Arnold Cruz; Salzburg (Austria) -- Julio Cesar Suazo; Penarol (Uruguay) -- Elvis Danilo Turcios; River Plate (Uruguay) -- Jose Luis Pineda; Udinese (Italy) -- Samuel Caballero; Shanghai Shenhua (China) -- Saul Martinez; Cagliari (Italy) -- David Suazo; Reggina (Italy) -- Julio Cesar de Leon.

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