Just weeks after joining the LA Galaxy, Giovani dos Santos
is out of the team under interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti
named on Thursday for friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago Sept. 4 in Sandy, Utah, and Argentina Sept. 8 in Arlington, Texas. They are Mexico's last games before the Oct. 10 winner-take-all
playoff at the Rose Bowl against the USA to determine the Concacaf representative in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Also not in the team was dos Santos' younger brother, Jonathan
of Spanish club Villarreal, and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
, the goalkeeper on Mexico's 2015 Gold Cup-winning team.
Giovani dos Santos saw just 86 minutes of action at the Gold Cup as he battled an adductor injury.
Ferretti replaced Miguel Herrera
, who was fired
for an altercation with a television commentator at the Philadelphia Airport the day Mexico beat Jamaica to win the Gold Cup. Mexico Roster:
Moises Munoz (Club America), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca) Defenders:
Paul Aguilar (Club America), Diego
Reyes (Real Sociedad) Francisco Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Rafa Marquez (Hellas Verona), Hector Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara), Miguel Layun (Watford), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres) Midfielders:
Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Javier Guemez (Club America), Hector Herrera (Porto), Luis Montes (Leon), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Carlos
Esquivel (Toluca), Andres Guardado (PSV), Jesus Corona (FC Twente) Forwards:
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Carlos
Vela (Real Sociedad), Raul Jimenez (Benfica)