Club America coach Miguel Herrera has decided to accept coaching the hot mess that is the Mexican National Team for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying playoff against New Zealand, and Mexico have a game before that as they take on Finland in a friendly to be played in San Diego on October 30. With that in mind, Herrera has released his first roster call-up for that friendly.
There are several takeaways and conclusions to be drawn from this list. The first thing that stands out is that Herrera has decided to heavily rely on players from the team he coaches and has called up 10 Club America players.
Within those 10, there are players like Raul Jimenez and Miguel Layun who have been a part of recent national team play while Luis Angel Mendoza, a player who has been a revelation so far in the Liga MX Apertura 2013 season, is getting his first call-up to the Mexican national team.
It is clear what Herrera’s strategy to help Mexico qualify is to rely heavily on players who know his system and what he wants out of players. In addition, another thing that stands out from his first national team call-up list is the presence of players receiving their first national team call-up.
In addition to Luis Angel Mendoza, players like Edwin Hernandez of Leon, Miguel Angel Herrera of Pachuca (no relation to the coach) and Jesus Escoboza of Santos Laguna have been called up on the back of their breakthrough performances in league play.
Whether or not any of these first-timers get a chance to feature against New Zealand, much less against Finland, remains to be seen. But, the fact they are even called up suggests there is a slim chance at minimum for them to feature.
How many from those call-ups will be called up for the crucial games against New Zealand will be a topic of much speculation, given that one can expect a number of the European-based Mexican players to be a part of the squad list for the games against New Zealand.
That said, One can expect anywhere between 10-15 players who have been called up for the game against Finland to take part next month as Mexico tries to save face and qualify for the World Cup against New Zealand.