Mexico will send most of the team that failed to win the CONCACAF U-20 Tournament as they officially announced their U-20 World Cup squad on Thursday. The big question prior to this tournament was if Edson Alvarez was going to make the team, which was confirmed when America missed out on the Liguilla. Still, big names like Cesar Montes and Erick Aguirre will still miss the World Cup, with other notable players like Santos’ Jorge Sanchez also missing.
The call ups are as followed:
Coach Marco Antonio Ruiz has called basically the same team that went to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, including Edson Alvarez. The team, which failed in its goal to retain their U-20 championship, might even have been downgraded because of Francisco Cordoba’s absence from this World Cup.
While Mexico didn't have a bad team, it will be going to a tougher stage and not improving the team is a big question mark going into a tournament like this one. That said, it's clear from comments that this might be because of clubs not releasing their players and not giving the U-2O team the importance it needs, something that has been given in the past.
Mexico is in Group B and will be severely benefited from having Vanuatu in the group but will face a tough challenge against world giant Germany and a promising Venezuela team.