Having lost three of its first five games in the final round of World Cup qualifying, Mexico will be trying to find its form in the USA. First with a pair of
friendlies, including a Wednesday clash in Atlanta with Venezuela (7 pm ET, Telemundo), and then the Gold Cup. Coach Javier Aguirre
, who split his first two games, losing at Costa
Rica and beating Trinidad & Tobago, has named a 23-man roster that includes only two foreign-based players.
Besides England-based Carlos Vela
Giovani Dos Santos
(Tottenham), all of Aquirre's players are Mexico-based.
On Sunday, Mexico faces Guatemala (8:30 pm ET, Telemundo) in a friendly in San Diego. El Tri's
first-round Gold Cup foes are Nicaragua, Panama and Guadeloupe.
"It's our obligation, without doubt, to think of winning it [the Gold Cup] to recover the respect and confidence of the
people, so they believe again in the national team," said defender Ismael Rodriguez. MEXICO ROSTER
Oscar Perez (Tigres UANL), Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jose de Jesus Corona (Tecos UAG). DEFENDERS
Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM), Jose Antonio Castro (UANL), Jonny
Magallon (Guadalajara), Edgar Duenas (Toluca), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America), Ismael Rodriguez (America), Fausto Pinto (Cruz Azul). MIDFIELDERS
Israel Martinez (San
Luis), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (UNAM), Luis Miguel Noriega (Puebla), Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG). FORWARDS
(Guadalajara), Pablo Barrera (Pumas), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Jose Maria Cardenas (Pachuca), Carlos Vela (Arsenal/ENG), Omar Arellano (Guadalajara), Omar Bravo (UANL), Miguel Sabah (Morelia).