Tuesday, June 6, 2023

“Chicharito” and “Chucky”, out of Mexico’s list to face US

MEXICO CITY – The Mexican team will have to wait for Javier Hernandez’s return after “Chicharito” was left off the list of 40 players that Mexico called on Friday for CONCACAF’s final matches in the Nations League. was declared.

The biggest surprise was the exit of Hirving Lozano, who just won Serie A with Napoli. Press versions in Mexico indicated that the winger had not recovered from a sprained left knee, although the Italian club did not give a version about the illness, nor did Mexican football leaders explain the reasons for the absence.

Hernandez missed the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to differences with Argentina coach Gerardo Martino, but was expected to return to the national team after he revealed he spoke with new coach Diego Coca, who eventually opened the door for a return. Open it.

The historic goalkeeper of the Mexican team has not played a match with the national team since September 2019, when he took part in a friendly against the United States in New Jersey. The day after the meeting, he attended a party with the other chosen ones.

Hernandez’s return seemed imminent as Raul Jimenez is no longer considered by Wolverhampton and only Henry Martin with America and Santiago Jimenez with Feyenoord have regular activity with their respective teams.

Mexico will face the United States on June 15 in the semi-finals of the League of Nations.

It is an important game for the Mexicans, who have accumulated a streak of six games without defeating their neighbor to the north.

Koca, who replaced Martino after the World Cup flop, has had a poor start and a setback against their arch-rivals could further warm the bench.

One of the strongest criticisms of the new coach is that he has not been able to manage the generational change immediately. In the last match of the League of Nations, 10 out of 11 players in the starting line-up were in Qatar.

In the list of 40 players announced on Friday, Koca once again used 18 of the 26 players who went to the last World Cup, where Mexico were eliminated in the group stage for the first time after Argentina’s 78.

In addition to Hernandez and “Chucky” Lozano, the others excluded are Andrés Guardado, who has already announced his retirement from the national team, goalkeepers Rodolfo Cota and Alfredo Talavera, midfielders Héctor Herrera, defenders Héctor Moreno and Jorge Sánchez. and striker Rogelio Funes. dead.

Among the new faces on the list of 40, Koca called up Chivas defender Jesús Orozco, a solid player who can play as a central defender or left winger, as well as goalkeeper Miguel Jiménez, also from Chivas, and Midfielder Alan Cervantes. Saints.


Goalkeepers: Carlos Acevedo (Santo), Miguel Jimenez (Chivas), Luis Malagon (USA), Guillermo Ochoa (Salernitana, Italy), Jose Rodriguez (Tijuana).

Defenders: Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), Jesus Angulo (Tigers), Nestor Araujo (USA), Julian Araujo (Barcelona, ​​Spain), Gerardo Artega (Genk, Belgium), Israel Reyes (USA), Jesus Orozco (Chivas), Victor Guzman (Monterrey), Gilberto Sepulveda (Chivas), Johan Vazquez (Cremonese, Italy), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey).

Flyers: Luis Romeo (Monterrey), Roberto Alvarado (Chivas), Edson Alvarez (Ajax, Ned), Fernando Beltran (Chivas), Alan Cervantes (Santos), Luis Chavez (Pachuca), Sebastian Cordova (Tigers), Erik Gutierrez (PSV) ) Eindhoven, Netherlands, Aldo Rocha (Atlas), Diego Lanez (Tigers), Orbelin Pineda (AEK, Greece), Carlos Rodriguez (Blue Cross) and Erik Sanchez (Pachuka).

Forwards: Uriel Antuna (Cruz Azul), Jesus Corona (Seville, Spain), Roberto de la Rosa (Pachuca), Santiago Jimenez (Feyenoord, Netherlands), Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton, England), Ozil Herrera (Atlas), Henry Martin (USA), Alexis Vega (Chivas).

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