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El Tri calls up pair of naturalized Argentines
August 9th, 2013 8PM

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[MEXICO] What's the answer to Mexico's attacking problems this year? Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre hopes he has found it in a pair of Argentines. Cruz Azul midfielder Christian Gimenez, who was recently naturalized, has been called up for El Tri's friendly Wednesday against Ivory Coast at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Tigres forward Damian Alvarez, who made one appearance for Mexico in 2012, was also called up.

Not called up was Mexico star Javier Hernandez, who is injured. The only European-based players picked for the game are Giovani dos Santos, who recently signed with Villarreal from Mallorca in Spain, Diego Reyes, who signed with Porto over the summer from Club America, and Hector Moreno of Espanyol.

Mexico Roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Severo Meza (Monterrey).
DEFENDERS: Miguel Layun (Club America), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Club America), Diego Reyes (Porto, POR), Hector Moreno (Espanyol, SPA), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Carlos Salcido (Tigres), Jesus Zavala (Monterrey).
MIDFIELDERS:  Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Christian Gimenez (Cruz Azul), Luis Montes (Leon), Fernando Arce (Tijuana), Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal, SPA), Marco Fabian (Guadalajara), Angel Reyna (Veracruz)
FORWARDS: Damian Alvarez (Tigres), Oribe Peralta (Santos), Raul Jimenez (Club America).

Ivory Coast Roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren, BEL), Badra Ali Sangare (Ivoire Academie)
DEFENDERS:  Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (Toulouse, FRA), Benjamin Angoua (Valenciennes, FRA), Serge Aurier (Toulouse, FRA), Solueman Bamba (Trabzonspor, TUR), Arthur Boka (VfB Stuttgart, GER), Vera Diarrasouba (Caykur Rizespor, TUR), Brice Dja Djedje (Evian, FRA), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor, TUR)
MIDFIELDERS:  Bobley Anderson (Malaga, SPA), Jean-Jacques Gosso-Gosso (Genclerbirligi, TUR), Abdul Razak (Manchester City, ENG), Geoffre Serey Die (Bale, SWI), Giovani Sio (Wolfsburg, GER), Cheikh Tiote (Newcastle, ENG), Yaya Toure (Manchester City, ENG)
FORWARDS:  Mathis Bolly (Dusseldorf, GER), Wilfried Bony (Swansea City, ENG), Gervinho (Roma, ITA), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray, TUR), Salomon Kalou (Lille, FRA), Gohi Bi Zoro Cyriac (Anderlecht, BEL).


2 comments
  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: August 10, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
    Apparently, Mexico has taken a hint from the US's teams by calling up naturalized Mexican players, in this case former Argentine citizens who've made it to the Mexican NT. It is odd to see this happen in Mexico, 'cause lately I've heard moans and laments that the Mexican Football Federation is forsaking native born Mexican players in favor of now, in this case, newly minted naturalized players. Yesterday afternoon I listened to a local LA Sports talk show that devoted an hour to this topic, and it sure doesn't sit very well with many. So cries of selling out, putting members of the FMF in the pocket of moneyed interests, etc. etc. abound, and this trend looms in the near future with other CONCACAF national teams will do the same.

  1. F B
    commented on: August 11, 2013 at 12:55 a.m.
    Ric, of the two, Gimenez is the most needed. Mexico's midfield, esp in center mid is hurting. There is no one taking charge there and directing the battle. The forwards are fine, and many. Guardado needs help, especially if Valencia insists on playing him as a defender. He's not even on the list for Ivory Coast game. Torrado is too old and too slow. Need a field marshal like Blanco was in his prime. Tough times...


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