Mexico announced the call up to the first training camp for the U17 in 2020, starting a new cycle under coach Marco Antonio “Chima” Ruiz. Ruiz lead the team to the 2019 U17 World Cup Final, and although there were a lot of talks that he was going to end his tenure after the World Cup, the good result means he will be in charge of the team for this new cycle. Mexico will be have their camp from March 3rd to the 6th in the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR) will finish with a friendly played against Toluca’s U17 team.
The call up list was the following:
Goalkeepers: Saul Espinoza (Queretaro), Leonardo Palestina (Morelia), Jose Eulogio (Pachuca)
Defenders: Antonio Leone (LAFC), Andres Becerra (Atlas), Javier Guerrero (Chivas), Oswaldo Gomez (Atlas), Hector Ramirez (UNAM), Antero Landaverde (Atlas), Carlos Lopez (Santos), Sebastian Esparza (Necaxa)
Midfielders: Miguel Angel Carreon (UNAM), Juan Conejo (Morelia), Jose Juarez (Tijuana), Victor Rios (Atlas), Kevin Madrigal (Atlas), Ricardo Ramirez (UNAM), Yosthin Mendoza (Toluca), Luis Ledesma (Chivas)
Forwards: Luis Vega (Santos), Gael Garcia (Chivas), Juan Cantu (Monterrey), Jesus Hernandez (Queretaro), Bryan Casas (Necaxa)
Mexico will try to qualify to the 2021 U17 World Cup to be held in Peru. Unlike the U20 Concacaf Championship, which will be held in the summer of 2020, the U17 Concacaf Championship won’t be held until 2021. There is still no date for either the U17 Concacaf Championship or the World Cup, which allows Coach Ruiz a lot more time to prepare for both competitions. Mexico is the current U17 Concacaf Champion, a category where Mexico can legitimately say they are a world powerhouse after two World Cup titles and two second place World Cup finishes.