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Mexico announce 31-man call up for United States and Argentina friendlies

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With the return of Hector Herrera and Jesus Corona to the national team, Mexico announced their roster for September’s friendlies

Mexico v Costa Rica - International Friendly Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

With the big news being the return of Jesus “Tecatito” Corona and Hector Herrera to the national team, Gerardo Martino announced a 31-player call up list for the friendlies against the United States and Argentina. This is the first time under Martino’s tenure where Herrera will be available, while Corona will be making his return to El Tri after claiming he was too injured to travel for the Chile and Ecuador friendlies.

Mexico will play against the United States on September 6th in East Rutherford, New Jersey and on September 10th against Argentina in San Antonio. The games, especially the one against Argentina, are expected to be the best rivals Mexico will face in what’s left of 2019, as Mexico will be busy playing the Nations Cup in the October and November FIFA dates.

It’s not clear which lineup will play but the fact that the list has so many names might lend itself to a type of game where Mexico has two different starting lineups, something that happened a lot during the interim tenure of Ricardo Ferretti in post World Cup 2018.

The roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (America), Rodolfo Cota (Leon), Jonathan Orozco (Santos), Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa)

Defenders: Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Diego Reyes (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Jorge Sanchez (America), Miguel Layun (Monterrey), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres), Hector Moreno (Al-Gharafa), Fernando Navarro (Leon)

Midfielders: Hector Herrera (Atletico de Madrid), Edson Alvarez (Ajax), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Andres Guardado (Betis), Luis Montes (Leon), Erick Gutierrez (PSV Eindhoven), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Philadelphia), Carlos Rodriguez (Monterrey), Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul)

Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton), Jesus Corona (Porto), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Uriel Antuna (LA Galaxy), Alexis Vega (Chivas)