With injury concerns about five players, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio
named a preliminary squad of 28 players that he will need to reduce to 23 for the 2018 World Cup. Not on the shortlist
is 19-year-old Mexican-American Jonathan Gonzalez
, who filed a switch of association to play for Mexico's senior national team. Molina over Gonzalez.
Gonzalez played for El Tri in the friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on January, but he did not appear in the two March friendlies. He was a Liga MX
Best XI pick for Monterrey in the Torneo Apertura, but his playing time was reduced in the Torneo Clausura. Jesus Molina
, whose starting job in Los Rayados' midfield Gonzalez took
last summer, made Osorio's short list. LA connection.
MLS players Carlos Vela
, Jonathan dos Santos
were selected, though both dos Santos brothers are injured. Jona left the LA Galaxy's match at FC Dallas on Saturday in the first half with a charley horse, while Gio didn't make the
trip to Frisco because of an undisclosed injury.
More injury concerns.
and Diego Reyes
, who are both expected to start, are sidelined while Nestor Araujo
has just returned to training with Torneo Clausura finalist Santos Laguna from a
knee injury suffered in March. Tuneups.
Mexico will play friendlies against Wales at the Rose Bowl on Memorial Day (May 28),
Scotland at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium on June 2 and Denmark in Copenhagen on June 9. First round.
Mexico will open against
Germany June 17 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium in one of the top first-round matches. El Tri then will face South Korea and Sweden in Group F. Mexico Roster: GOALKEEPERS:
Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege/BEL), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul). DEFENDERS:
(Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (Porto/POR), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad/ESP), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara), Edson Alvarez (Club America),
Jesus Gallardo (UNAM), Miguel Layun (Sevilla/ESP). MIDFIELDERS:
: Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto/POR), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres
Guardado (Real Betis/ESP), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy). FORWARDS:
Javier Hernandez (West Ham United/ENG), Raul
Jimenez (Benfica/POR), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto/POR), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV/NED), Jurgen Damm (Tigres).
"Molina over Gonzalez." Disappointing.