Mexico has announced a list of 25 players for the final training camp before announcing the final list for the U23 CONCACAF Championship that will give the two tickets to the Olympic Games. The training camp will take place from March 7th to the 10th in the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR) in Mexico City. Coach Jaime Lozano should then make the final list from these players and past players called up before the start of the tournament on March 18th in Guadalajara.
The call up list is the following:ng cma
Goalkeepers: Sebastian Jurado (Cruz Azul), Luis Malagon (Necaxa), Carlos Moreno (Pachuca)
Defenders: Johan Vasquez (Pumas), Ramon Juarez (America), Alejandro Mayorga (Chivas), Alan Mozo (Pumas), Aldo Cruz (Tigres), Gilberto Sepulveda (Chivas), Jesus Alberto Angulo (Atlas), Emilio Lara (America), Brayton Vasquez (Atlas)
Midfielders: Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul), Sebastian Cordova (America), Erik Lira (Pumas), Santiago Naveda (America), Kevin Castañeda (Toluca), Pablo Lopez (San Luis), Jose Esquivel (Juarez), Alan Cervantes (Santos)
Forwards: Alexis Vega (Chivas), Santiago Gimenez (Cruz Azul), Cesar Huerta (Chivas), Santiago Muñoz (Santos), Paolo Yrizar (Queretaro)
Among the most notable call ups is the return of Alexis Vega to the national team camp. Vega had been injured in a training camp in November and later made comments that he would prefer to play with Chivas rather than play a camp, which got him some criticism from fans and Lozano. Other notable call ups are the call ups to two Santiagos: Santiago Gimenez from Cruz Azul and Santiago Muñoz of Santos, both considerably younger than many players at 19 and 18 respectively. Of the omissions, the more notable are Jose Juan Macias and Uriel Antuna of Chivas and Cesar Montes and Carlos Rodriguez of Monterrey. Monterrey and Leon players were not called because they will play a postponed match on March 10th, but Chivas has no action which probably means that the final call up list will not be just from players of this list since Macias is as much of a sure call up as there is currently in Mexico. With the tournament starting on March 18th, it might be worrisome that Jaime Lozano is still looking at players and that there will be no friendlies before the tournament starts where Mexico, although it will be hosting, is in a tough group along with the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and the United States.