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Mexico Releases Squad For 2011 Copa America In Argentina

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OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 26:  Carlos Vela of Mexico and Antolin Alcaraz of Paraguay go for the ball during their international friendly match at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 26, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 26: Carlos Vela of Mexico and Antolin Alcaraz of Paraguay go for the ball during their international friendly match at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 26, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Limited by CONCACAF rules and by the Gold Cup 2011 schedule, today Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre released the list of the 26 men that will represent Mexico in what is indeed the biggest International competition of the Americas, the Copa America.

As stated earlier, limitations placed by CONCACAF and with the Gold Cup in mind, Mexico's manager had to pick players that are part of the Under-22 category plus 5 members outside of that circle. 

This preliminary roster feature some of the surprising exclusions from the Gold Cup roster, including the likes of Carlos Vela and Jonathan dos Santos. Overall, the squad heading to Argentina will be very young, but will have the added experience of four players that represented El Tri in the World Cup. 

Also in the 26-man squad are Under-20 youngsters Diego Reyes from Club America and Erick "Cubo" Torres from Chivas, who both had fantastic seasons with their respective clubs and are well deserved of the call-up. On the other hand, the "plus five" veteran members of the squad are: Luis Ernesto Michel, Rafael Marquez, Paul Aguilar, Oribe Peralta and Jonny Magallon.

The list's most represented club is Chivas de Guadalajara with six players, followed by Atlas with three, and Cruz Azul, Monarcas Morelia, Club America and Pumas UNAM with 2 each.

Out of this 26-man roster only 22 will make the trip to Argentina. The final list of 22 must be handed in by June 27th and the competition begins on July 1st.

Below is the full squad list:

Goalkeepers

Luis Ernesto Michel Vergara - Guadalajara
Liborio Sánchez - Veracruz
Carlos Felipe Rodríguez - Monarcas

Defenders

Jonny Magallón - Guadalajara
Miguel Ponce - Guadalajara
Darvin Chávez - Atlas
Néstor Vidrio - Atlas
Hiram Mier - Monterrey
Néstor Araujo - Cruz Azul
Paul Aguilar - America
Israel Jiménez - Tigres
Fernando Navarro - Atlante

Midfielders

Jorge Enríquez - Guadalajara
Marco Fabián de la Mora - Guadalajara
Javier Aquino - Cruz Azul
Jorge Hernández - Jaguares
David Cabrera - Pumas
Diego Reyes - América
Néstor Calderón - Toluca
Jonathan Dos Santos - Barcelona B
Edgar Pacheco - Atlas

Forwards

Rafael Márquez Lugo - Monarcas
Javier Cortes - Pumas
Oribe Peralta - Santos
Carlos Vela - Arsenal
Erick Torres - Guadalajara