Mexico announced its U-20 team will play two friendlies in Europe in the March international dates and also announced its call up list for those games. Mexico will play the Netherlands on Thursday, March 22 in Amsterdam. They will then travel to Spain where they will play the Czech Republic on Monday, March 25. While neither team made it to the U020 World Cup, they should still be solid test ahead of the World Cup, where Mexico is placed in the Group of Death along with Italy, Japan and Ecuador.
Among the surprises is Monterrey’s Jonathan Gonzalez. Gonzalez previously made a one-time switch from the United States to Mexico and wasn’t eligible for the U-2O World Cup qualifiers because he played with the United States during the 2017 CONCACAF Championship in Costa Rica. According to FIFA eligibility rules, a player that switches federations can’t play in any tournament that he had played before with another federation.
The other notable addition is the return of Jose Juan Macias. Macias won the Golden Boot in the 2018 U-20 CONCACAF Championship and is the leading Mexican scorer in Liga MX with Leon, but wasn’t called up for the U-20 World Cup training camps done earlier this year.
#U20 | Incondicionales, we will be traveling to Europe for some preparation matches and this is the roster called up by Head Coach @DIRADE_81!! ⚽️#PasiónyOrgullo | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/szEdijUUAF— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) March 12, 2019
The full call up list is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Luis Lopez (Dorados), Carlos Higuera (Tijuana)
Defenders: Idekel Dominguez (Pumas), Carlos Vargas (America), Gilberto Sepulveda (Chivas), Oswaldo Leon (America), Efrain Orona (Pachuca), Haret Ortega (America)
Midfielders: Misael Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey), Francisco Figueroa (Pachuca), Carlos Gutierrez (Pumas), Adrian Lozano (Santos), Alan Torres (Chivas), Luis Martinez (Tijuana) Jose Hernandez (America), Alexis Gutierrez (Cruz Azul), Diego Hernandez (Chivas)
Forwards: Jose Juan Macias (Leon), Roberto de la Rosa (Pachuca), Brian Figueroa (Pumas), Daniel Lopez (Tijuana)