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Without Diego Lainez, Mexico starts preparations for U-20 World Cup

The team will start training for the U-20 CONCACAF Championship in November.

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

Without star Diego Lainez, Mexico started the call up for training of the team that will go and try to get a ticket to the U20 World Cup in 2018. The CONCACAF U-20 Tournament will be played in November of this year in Florida. With many of the top players like Lainez out because of club commitments, the list is headed by Roberto de la Rosa of Pachuca and Juan Jose Macias of Chivas. Both players are among the ones who had the most playing time, with De La Rosa even scoring a goal in the past Club World Cup against Al Jazira in the third place match.

Also called up is Ian Jairo Torres, who was Mexico’s star player in the U-17 CONCACAF Championship but then became the biggest disappointment in the U-17 World Cup. The tournament gives him the perfect opportunity to bounce back.

Also notable is the appearance of Paolo Medina, ex Benfica and Real Madrid player, who appears to have returned to Mexico with Rayados. The team will be coached by Diego Ramirez.

The call-up list is as follows.

Goalkeepers

Carlos Avilez (Dallas FC), Carlos Higuera (Xolos), Luis Lopez (Dorados)

Defenders

Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), Diego Barraza (Santos), Arturo Cardenas (Queretaro) Carlos Robles (Atlas) Gilberto Sepulveda (Chivas), Paolo Medina (Monterrey) Sergio Vasquez (Queretaro)

Midfielders

Juan Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Carlos Gutierrez (UNAM), Jose Hernandez (America), Bryan Reyes (Tigres), Jose Plascencia (Necaxa), Diego Hernandez (Chivas), Alan Torres (Chivas)

Forwards

Edgar Lopez (Dorados), Adrian Lozano (Santos), Ian Jairo Torres (Atlas), Roberto de la Rosa (Pachuca) Juan Jose Macias (Chivas) Cristopher Trejo (Atlas)