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Mexico announces roster for Peru friendly in San Francisco

Mexico announces roster for Peru friendly in San Francisco

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Mexico announces roster for Peru friendly in San Francisco

Mexico named a 20-man roster for the friendly against Peru in San Francisco's Candlestick Park on April 17.

As the friendly doesn't fall on a FIFA international date, the squad contains only domestic-based players. It blends several first-team regulars with others on the periphery of recent World Cup qualifying rosters.

Cruz Azul, which won its first trophy in 15 years on Wednesday by claiming the Copa MX, leads the way with four players. Club America also provided four players, and Tigres contributed three.

Jose Manuel 'Chepo' de la Torre did not call any players from Santos Laguna or Monterrey, with the CONCACAF Champions League final coming so soon after the friendly. The first leg is on April 24. El Tri regular Carlos Salcido was also left off the roster.

Pablo Barrera, formerly a key member of De la Torre's starting XI, returns to El Tri for the first time since August 2012. Injury and adjustment after his move to Cruz Azul dented Barrera's claim to the starting right wing spot in the past year.

After Peru, Mexico is next in action against Nigeria on May 31 in Houston, before resuming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.


Goalkeepers: Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Francisco Javier Rodríguez (América), Diego Reyes (América), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Israel Jiménez (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul), Efraín Velarde (UNAM)

Midfielders: Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Jesús Molina (América), Carlos Peña (León), Héctor Herrera (Pachuca), Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul), Javier Cortés (UNAM), Luis Montes (León)

Forwards: Omar Bravo (Atlas), Raúl Jiménez (América), Rafael Márquez Lugo (Chivas), Ángel Reyna (Pachuca)

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