Mexico Roster for World Cup Qualifiers: Veteran team against USA, Canada in November

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These are probably the toughest away games left on Mexico’s road to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. And the coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino will go to matches with his most experienced team.

The Mexico coach released his roster of 26 men for November qualifiers in the US (November 12) and Canada (November 16) on Thursday, and there are no big surprises. All the players based in Europe have been called: Raul Jimenez (Wolves), “Tecatito” Corona (Porto), “Chucky” Lozano (Naples), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid) and Nestor Araujo (Celta Vigo).

The team includes five players from Monterrey, winner of the recent CONCACAF Champions League and four others each from Club America, leaders of the Liga MX, and reigning champions Cruz Azul. The biggest surprise is the inclusion of Chivas Guadalajara midfielder Ricardo “Canelo” Angulo, who was part of the team that lost in Ecuador in Charlotte, NC, last week.

MOREOVER: CONCACAF World Cup qualification standings

The most notable absence is arguably MLS veteran Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy). Uriel Antuna also did not make it, and neither did his injured teammate Chivas Alexis Vega, who is only now close to the return. Even a handful of young prospects failed to cut: Gerardo Arteaga (23), Diego Lainez (21) and Jose Juan Macias (22).

Two Mexican-American nationals, David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake) and Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), both recently serving in the Mexican national team, were not among the 26 players.

Mexico, ranked No. 9 in the world, leads the qualifying standings in the CONCACAF region with eight games to play. After three consecutive away games (against the United States, Canada and Jamaica), Mexico will host three in a row before closing qualifiers with games in Honduras and home against El Salvador (rankings and schedule below).

MOREOVER: Mexico scores a golazo but loses to Ecuador

Roster of Mexico v USA, Canada

Goalkeepers (3): Rodolfo Cota (Leon), Guillermo Ochoa (Club America), Alfredo Talavera (Pumas UNAM)

Defenders (9): Nestor Araujo (Celta Vigo / Spain), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Hector Moreno (Monterrey), Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez (Tigres), Osvaldo Rodriguez (Leon), Jorge Sanchez (Club America), Johan Vasquez (Genoa / Italy)

Midfielders (9): Edson Alvarez (Ajax / Netherlands), Sebastian Cordova (Club America), Roberto “Piojo” Alvarado (Cruz Azul), Andres Guardado (Real Betis / Spain), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Carlos “Charly” Rodriguez (Monterrey) , Luis Romo (Cruz Azul), Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid / Spain), Ricardo “Canelo” Angulo (Chivas)

Forwards (5): Jose Manuel “Tecatito” Corona (Porto / Portugal), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Raul Jimenez (Wolves / England), Henry Martin (Club America), Hirving “Chucky” Lozano (Naples / Italy)

Mexico World Cup Qualification Calendar

encounter Date Opponent / Result
1 Thu 2 September 2021 Mexico 2, Jamaica 1 Emphasizes
2 Sun 5 September 2021 Costa Rica 0, Mexico 1 Emphasizes
3 Wed 8 September 2021 Panama 1, Mexico 1 Emphasizes
4th Thu, Oct. 7, 2021 Mexico 1, Canada 1 Emphasizes
5 Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 Mexico 3, Honduras 0 Emphasizes
6th Wed, Oct. 13, 2021 El Salvador 0, Mexico 2 Emphasizes
7th Fri, November 12, 2021 United States vs. Mexico 21:00
8th Tuesday 16th November 2021 Canada vs. Mexico 21:00
9 Thursday 27 January 2022 Jamaica vs. Mexico to be defined
10 Sun 30 January 2022 Mexico against Costa Rica to be defined
11 Wed 2 Feb 2022 Mexico against Panama to be defined
12 ° Thursday 24 March 2022 Mexico against the USA to be defined
13 Sun 27 March 2022 Honduras vs. Mexico to be defined
14 Wed 30 March 2022 Mexico against El Salvador to be defined

CONCACAF World Cup qualification standings

Each team plays the other home and away for a total of 14 qualifying matches.

The top three teams earn a direct spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while the fourth place advances to the playoffs against a team from another region.

MOREOVER: Latest Liga MX rankings

squad PTS GP W. L. D. GF GA GD
1. Mexico 14 6th 4th 0 2 10 3 +7
2. USA 11 6th 3 1 2 9 4th +5
3. Canada 10 6th 2 0 4th 10 4th +6
4. Panama 8th 6th 2 2 2 6th 6th 0
5. Costa Rica 6th 6th 1 2 3 4th 5 -1
6. El Salvador 5 6th 1 3 2 2 7th -5
7. Jamaica 5 6th 1 3 2 4th 8th -4
8. Honduras 3 6th 0 3 3 2 10 -8

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