On Friday, Mexico National Team coach Gerardo Martino released his first call up since taking over El Tri. The list will be for a mini camp that will be held from February 10 to the 13th in preparation for the friendlies to be played on March 22 and 26 against Chile and Paraguay respectively, which will be Martino’s debut with the National team. The players will be training at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR) in Mexico City.
Incondicionales, the wait is over!!— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) February 8, 2019
Here is Head Coach, Gerardo Martino's first team sheet. ⚽️#PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/M3mB0ChaXU
Because of the European season, all players called up were from Liga MX. Among the surprises is the first call up for Atlas’ Juan Pablo Vigon and young star Carlos Rodriguez from Monterrey. Also, after being snubbed by Ricardo Ferretti, Chivas’ Alexis Vega finally gets a call up to the national team.
Perhaps the biggest news is the return of Santos Laguna midfielder Jose Juan Vazquez after not being called up during Juan Carlos Osorio’s tenure nor during Ferretti’s short time with the national team.
Although this list is not close to being the final one for the March friendlies, it is of great importance as it marks the return of the “mini camps”, probably done because of the short time that Mexico has before the Gold Cup after not naming a head coach until this January.
Goalkeepers: Raul Gudiño (Chivas), Jonathan Orozco (Santos), Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa), Gibran Lajud (Tijuana)
Defenders: Edson Alvarez (America), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Hiram Mier (Chivas), Jesus Angulo (Santos), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres), Jorge Sanchez (America)
Midfielders: Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Jesus Dueñas (Tigres), Jose Juan Vazquez (Santos), Carlos Rodriguez (Monterrey), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Juan Pablo Vigon (Atlas), Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul), Isaac Brizuela (Chivas), Victor Guzman (Pachuca)
Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Alexis Vega (Chivas), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Henry Martin (America)