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Diego Lainez to lead team for the Central American and Caribbean Games

Diego Lainez is the biggest name in a call up hurt by club appearances.

America v Santos Laguna - Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Diego Lainez has been called up to lead Mexico as they hope to repeat the Gold Medal they got in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean games. Lainez leads the Under-21 team that is preparing itself for the Olympic games. In 2014, Mexico won the Gold Medal in the games played in Veracruz, after defeating Venezuela in the final by a score of 4-1. This was the first gold medal since the 1990 games, also played in Mexico, although it has to be said that CONCACAF boycotted the 2010 games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Most of the team is composed of players that played in the Toulon Tournament and made it to the final, without those expected to get plenty of minutes with their club. This means that Monterrey’s Cesar Montes and Jonathan Gonzalez will not appear for Mexico, neither will Roberto Alvarado of Cruz Azul. That said, surprisingly both of America’s Diego Lainez and Carlos Vargas will make the trip.

Here is the list:

Goalkeepers

Abraham Romero (Pachuca) Luis Malagon (Morelia)

Defenders

Carlos Vargas (America), Jorge Sanchez (Santos), Joaquin Esquivel (Pachuca), Brayton Vasquez (Atlas) , Edson Garcia (Atlas), Jair Diaz (Tigres)

Midfielders

Sebastian Cordova (America), Diego Lainez (America) Alan Cervantes (Chivas) Jose Avila (Atlas), Salvador Reyes, Paolo Yrizar (Queretaro) Jesus Medina (Queretaro), Salvador Reyes (Morelia), Adrian Villalobos (U de G)

Forwards

Rolando Cisneros (Chivas) Eduardo Aguirre (Tampico Madero) Jose Macias (Chivas) Rafael Duran (Tigres)