Edson Alvarez leads the way in Marco Antonio “Chima” Ruiz’s list of call ups for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship that was released on Thursday.. The team will consist of mostly players who were part of the 2015 U-17 team that ended fourth in the World Cup in Chile.
Edson Alvarez, who just made his debut with the senior national team in this week’s game against Iceland, is probably the biggest name and the most experienced as he has already played (and scored) in a Liga MX final with America. Surprisingly he missed out of the U-17 World Cup.
Other recognizable names include Diego Cortes, who scored the goal of the tournament in the last U-17 World Cup, and standouts like Kevin Lara (Santos), Pablo Lopez (Pachuca) and Claudio Zamudio (Morelia). Some notable players who missed the cut include goalkeeper Abraham Romero and Brazilian born Pedro Goulart.
The CONCACAF U-20 Championship will be played in Costa Rica from February 17 until March 5. Mexico is in Group A and will debut against Antigua and Barbuda on February 17. They then face Canada and finish group play by facing Honduras. The top two teams of the group will go to the second round made of two groups of three. The top two of each of these groups will go to the 2017 U-20 World Cup to be played in South Korea.