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Mexico calls up two American-born players
by Paul Kennedy, June 13th, 2013 12:05AM

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[GOLD CUP COUNTDOWN] Mexico named its 23-player squad for the Gold Cup. The two-time defending champions will be without their first-team players, currently at the Confederations Cup, but the team includes such players as Olympic gold-medalists Jorge Enriquez and Marco Fabian and Omar Bravo, who played briefly for Sporting Kansas City.

The squad also includes a pair of American-born players, Miguel Ponce and Isaac Brizuela, who expressed interest in playing for the USA, and Cirilo Saucedo, whose mother is American.

In the absence of head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, who is in Brazil with the "A" team, Salvador Reyes and Raul Gutierrez will coach the team, which begins training on Monday in Mexico City.

Monterrey
Jonathan Orozco
Darvin Chavez
Leobardo Lopez

Club America
Moises Munoz
Miguel Layun
Adrian Aldrete

Tijuana
Cirilo Saucedo
Fernando Arce

Guadalajara
Jorge Enriquez
Miguel Ponce
Marco Fabian
Rafael Marquez

Morelia
Joel Huiqui

UNAM
David Cabrera
Efrain Velarde
Javier Cortes

Leon
Carlos Pena

Tigres
Israel Jimenez
Hugo Ayala

Toluca
Isaac Brizuela

Cruz Azul
Jair Pereira

Atlas
Omar Bravo

Santos
Javier Orozco



3 comments
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: June 13, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.
    2 more to add to the list.
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: June 14, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
    When I read stories like this, it makes me sick!!!! While it appears that Tab Ramos has had some success in incorporating Latin players into the U20's , stories like this show that we have a long way to go in making Hispanic players look first to playing for the US. I certainly don't have a quick answer but improving communiications with the Hispanic soccer community would seem to be a good first step. This isn't rocket science, folks, start talking!!
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: June 14, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.
    James, we look to England for playing style and development and France for coaching courses. Thats great but why dont we look to Brazil, Spain and most recently developmentally succesful Mexico for ideas?? Would make more sense given our player oool. I predict 1/2 Usa born Mexican teams before Usa will have to do something drastic. Look at how many on El Salvador. Their first U20 WC. Your right. Not Rocket Science!!! But this column should say "Historic" somewhere in the title.

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