The Mexican Football Federation announced their 23-man final roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the headlines are in who is not on the roster, rather than who is on it. Even so, the team is full of players that undoubtedly make them one of the favorites to win the tournament. Javier 'Chichario' Hernandez is in the midst of a blinding first season with Manchester United, while Gerardo Torrado is a steadying force in the midfield and Andres Guardado looks to be closing in on full fitness.
Carlos Vela's free fall from budding superstar to also-ran continues as he is left off the squad, although it is easy to forget that is still just 22 years old. Jonathan dos Santos has also been left off the squad, but he is expected to be in Mexico's team for Copa America. Jonny Magallon was omitted as he continues to battle injury, while Jonathan Orozco was passed over despite excellent form of late.
The Mexican team will begin training for the Gold Cup on May 15. They will play a friendly against Ecuador in Seattle, WA on May 28 and then against New Zealand in Denver, CO on June 1 in preparation for the tournament. Mexico are in Group A of the Gold Cup along with Costa Rica, El Salvador and Cuba. They open play on June 5 against El Salvador at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX and along with the United States, are favorites to advance to the final at the Rose Bowl on June 25.
Goalkeepers- Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (Club America)
Defenders- Ricardo Osorio (Monterrey), Edgar Dueñas (Toluca), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigers), Rafa Marquez (New York Red Bulls), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven), Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar), Carlos Salcido (Fulham FC)
Midfielders- Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas), Luis Ernesto Perez (Monterrey), Jesus Zavala (Monterrey), Antonio Naelson Sinha (Toluca), Angel Reyna (Club America), Efraín Juárez (Celtic FC), Andrés Guardado (La Coruña)
Forwards- Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Giovani Dos Santos (Racing Santander), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Pablo Barrera (West Ham United), Elías Hernández (Monarcas)