Copa Centenario: No Gio in Mexico squad

Not surprisingly since he has not played for Mexico since Juan Carlos Osorio took over as head coach last fall, LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was not included in El Tri's squad for the Copa Centenario. But the reason came as a surprise: Osorio told a press conference in Mexico City that Gio turned down a call-up.

"Giovani was invited to this call-up," Osorio said. "But Giovani himself declined the invitation."

Neither Dos Santos nor Osorio would explain why.

"For ethical and moral principles," Osorio said "what was said with Giovani will stay between us two."

Dos Santos is off to a great start for the LA Galaxy with five goals. His decision to stay with the Galaxy will allow him to play five games he'd have otherwise likely missed:

May 28 -- at Montreal
June 2 -- Sporting KC
June 18 -- at Toronto FC
June 22 -- Colorado
June 25 -- at San Jose (Stanford)

All but one player -- goalkeeper Miguel Munoz -- who started for Mexico in the 3-2 overtime win over the USA in the Concacaf Cup are in Mexico's squad. Rafael Marquez, 37, remains in the Mexico squad, while the attack will be led by Javier Hernandez, who is coming off a career season with 26 goals for Bayer Leverkusen.

Dos Santos' brother Jonathan, and Carlos Vela were not picked. Osorio said the door would remain open for players like Gio and Vela.

Mexico Roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/ESP)
DEFENDERS: Paul Aguilar (Club America), Nestor Arujo (Santos), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad/ESP), Hector Moreno (PSV/NED), Yasser Corona (Queretaro), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Miguel Layun (Porto/POR), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Jesus Molina (Santos)
MIDFIELDERS: Hector Herrera (Porto/POR), Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Andres Guardado (PSV/NED), Carlos  Pena (Guadalajara)
FORWARDS: Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Jesus Corona (Porto/POR), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Raul Jimenez (Benfica/POR), Oribe Peralta (Club America).

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