A pair of first-year MLS players -- 21-year-old winger Uriel Antuna
(LA Galaxy) and veteran midfielder Marco Fabian
(Philadelphia Union) -- are among the 29 players Mexico national
team coach Tata Martino
has called up for a pre-Gold Cup that will feature matches against Venezuela in Atlanta (June 5) and Ecuador in Arlington, Texas (June 9). Jonathan dos
(LA Galaxy) is also in the team, but Carlos Vela
(LAFC) declined a call-up.
"I spoke with Carlos Vela over the phone last week," Martino said at a press conference to
announce the team, "and he assured me that at this time his club and his family are his priority, that's why he stepped aside."
Vela is just one of several stars who will be missing this
summer. Others include:
-- Javier Hernandez
, whose girlfriend Sarah Kohan
is expecting their first child, a boy;
-- Hector Herrera
, who wants time off pending
his move from Porto to Atletico Madrid;
-- Jesus Corona
, who had declined a call-up for the March friendlies, landing in Martino's dog house;
-- Diego Lainez
, who is with
Mexico's U-20 World Cup team.
In addition, Chucky Lozano
injured his knee playing with Dutch club PSV in late April and is a race to recover by June.