[WORLD CUP 2014] A second California-born player will be on Mexico's World Cup team as Miguel Ponce has replaced Club America's Juan Carlos Medina, who had to withdraw because of an ankle injury.
Ponce moved to Tijuana as an infant and has spent the most of his
career at Guadalajara. He currently plays on loan to Toluca. Also headed to Brazil is San Jose-born Isaac Brizuela, who also plays for Toluca.
Mexico will host Israel on May 26 in Azteca Stadium as part of its preparations for the World Cup El Tri will also play three warmup games in the USA, against Ecuador May 31 in Arlington, Texas;
Bosnia-Herzegovina June 3 in Chicago; and Portugal June 6 in Foxboro, Mass.
-- Like Medina, Chile's Matias Fernandez requires ankle surgery, which
has ruled him out of the World Cup. He was part of Chile's 30-player short list for the
-- Ivo Ilicevic has dropped out of Croatia's team headed to Bad Tazmanndorf, Austria, on Friday for pre-World Cup training. The 27-year-old
Hamburg midfielder, who has been battling leg injuries, was named to Croatia's provisional 30-man World Cup
Mexico Roster (23 players)
Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa
(Ajaccio/FRA), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Club America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Miguel Layun (Club America),
Rafael Marquez (Leon), Hector Moreno (Espanyol/SPA), Diego Reyes (Porto/POR), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Club America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres).
Midfielders: Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Hector Herrera (Porto/POR), Luis Montes (Leon), Carlos Pena (Leon), Miguel Ponce (Toluca), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon).
Forwards: Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/SPA), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United/ENG), Raul Jimenez (Club America), Oribe Peralta (Santos), Alan Pulido