With Herenveen sensation, Teun Wilke and LA Galaxy’s young star Efrain Alvarez leading the way, the Mexico U-17s begun their big training camp for the U-17 CONCACAF Championship. The camp started on Monday in Acapulco, where it will continue until Saturday April 6, when it will move to Mexico City. The camp will continue in Mexico City until Thursday April 11th when they will close out with a friendly against Costa Rica in the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR).
Along with Wilke and Alvarez, the most notable call up is that of Atlas defender Jesus Gomez, who has gotten minutes with Atlas and has scored goals in Copa MX (against UdeG) and in the recent friendly against America in the United States. Also among the more noticeable call ups are the return of Pachuca’s Eugenio Pizzuto and FC Dallas’ Diego Latyf.
Mexico is grouped in Group E with three Island Nations and territories, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda. The top three teams in the group qualify to the knockout stages. Mexico opens the tournament on May 1 with their game against Jamaica.
The squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Eduardo Garcia (Chivas), Arturo Delgado (Tigres), Julio Valenzuela (Tijuana)
Defenders: Jesus Gomez (Atlas), Jose Ruiz (Chivas) Luis Rey (Morelia), Rafael Martinez (Atlas), Emilio Lara (America), Gabriel Martinez (Chivas)
Midfielders: Teun Wilke (Herenveen), Diego Letayf (FC Dallas), Eugenio Pizzuto (Pachuca), Victor Guzman (Tijuana), Bruce El-Mesmari (Pachuca), Edgar Martinez (Monterrey), Kevin Ortega (Pachuca), Gustavo Martinez (Atlas), Bryan Gonzalez (Pachuca), Abraham Flores (Tijuana), Jair Gonzalez (Santos), Kevin Mariscal (Chivas), Joel Gomez (Queretaro)
Forwards: Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy), Santiago Muñoz (Santos), Luis Carlos Martinez (Atlas), Israel Luna (Pachuca), Leonardo Correa (Atlas)