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International Friendly Preview: Mexico - Venezuela


Venezuela (4-4-2): Morales
Rivero, Salazar, Velásquez, Rouga
Guerra, Vitali, Flores, Chourio
Moreno, Greco


Goalkeepers: Alan Liebeskind (Lara), Leonardo Morales (Anzoategui)

Defenders: Joel Caceres (Lara), John Chancellor (Mineros), Javier Gonzalez (Petare), Rubert Quijada (Monagas), Carlos Rivero (Anzoategui), Andres Rouga (Tachira), Carlos Salazar (Anzoategui), Jose Manuel Velazquez (Mineros)

Midfielders: Angel Chourio (Real Esppor), Diomar Diaz (Petare), Agnel Flores (Mineros), Francisco Flores (Anzoategui), Edgar Perez Greco (Lara), Alejandro Guerra (Mineros), Diego Guerrero (Tachira), Miguel Mea Vitali (Lara)

Forwards: Richard Blanco (Petare), Darwin Machis (Mineros), Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA), Hermes Palomino (Cherno More), Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew), Jose Reyes (Anzoategui)

Mexico (4-2-3-1): Talavera; Torres Nilo, Duenas, Mier, Ayala; Salcido, Castro; Zavala, Fabian, Aquino; Peralta.


Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfedo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Nestor Araujo (Cruz Azul), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edgar Duenas (Toluca), Israel Jimenez (Tigres), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Carlos Salcido (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)

Midfielders: Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul), Nestor Calderon (Toluca), Israel Castro (Cruz Azul), Javier Cortes (Pumas), Jesus Molina (America), Javier Efrain Velarde (Pumas), Jesus Zavala (Monterrey

Forwards: Edgar Andrade (Jaguares), Marco De la Mora (Chivas), Rafael Marquez Lugo (Morelia), Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna)

  • Defender Israel Jimenez, forward Marco De la Mora, and midfielders Javier Cortes and Nestor Calderon will all be returning to the Mexican roster after being suspended six months for a prostitution scandal during last year's Copa America

  • Mexico will field an entirely domestic-based roster, while Venezuela is all domestic-based, except for two MLS players: Alejandro Moreno and Emilio Renteria.
  • Venezuela lost 1-0 to the United States Saturday night on a last-second Ricardo Clark header.

  • Although midfielders Gerardo Torres and Rafael Marquez were both left out of the squad Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre denied it meant the end of their international careers, but said that his squad is picked not on age, but form.
  • Venezuela finished a best-ever fourth in the most recent Copa America. The country has built on that finish and is currently tied for first with Argentina and Uruguay in South American World Cup qualifying.
  • There are no uncapped members of the Mexico roster. Defender Efraín Velarde has the least caps with just one.
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