Mexico received good news when captain Rafael Marquez
returned to action ahead of schedule with
Spanish leader Barcelona -- and got sent off, meaning he'll miss next weekend's La Liga action and be rested for the World Cup 2010 qualifier against the United States on Feb. 11. Marquez
was one of seven European-based players called up by Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson
for the Hexagonal opener.
Marquez was injured in the Copa del
Rey, suffering a muscle strain, and was expected to be out at least two weeks. But he recovered to play on Sunday in Barca's 2-1 win at Racing Santander. He was sent off late in the game,
however, and will miss next weekend's game against Sporting.
Meanwhile, Pavel Pardo
insisted the foot injury he picked up in Club
America's game against Morelia isn't severe.
With Mexico hard hit by suspensions and injuries, the availability of Marquez and Pardo is critical to the Tri's chances
against the USA in the Hexagonal opener on Feb. 11.
Pardo recently returned from a stint in Germany with VfB Stuttgart to play for America
Villarreal's Guillermo Franco
, Nery Castillo
of Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, PSV Eindhoven's Carlos
, Stuttgart's Ricardo Osorio
, Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos
and Deportivo Coruna's Omar Bravo
were also in the squad announced Sunday.
The Argentine-born Franco was one of four naturalized players called up. The others are
Brazilian-born Antonio Naelson
and Leandro Augusto
and Argentine-born Matias
Former California prep and college star Carlos Ochoa
was called up for the game. New Mexico product Edgar Castillo
wasn't included in the 24-player roster.
Eriksson begins work with the domestic-based players on Monday, and they fly to Columbus on Saturday,
MEXICO ROSTER: Goalkeepers:
Oswaldo Sanchez (Santos), Guillermo Ochoa (Club America), Jose de Jesus Corona
Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club America), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Ricardo Osorio
(VfB Stuttgart, Germany), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona, Spain), Aaron Galindo (Guadalajara), Leobardo Lopez (Pachuca). Midfielders:
Fausto Pinto (Cruz
Azul), Pavel Pardo (America), Leandro Augusto (Pumas), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Israel Martinez (San Luis), Antonio Naelson (Toluca). Forwards:
Medina (Guadalajara), Cesar Villaluz (Cruz Azul), Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham, England), Matias Vuoso (Santos), Carlos Ochoa (Guadalajara), Nery Castillo (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine), Guillermo
Franco (Villarreal, Spain), Omar Bravo (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain).Join your friends in watching USA-Mexico Wednesday Feb. 11 at your favorite soccer
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