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Mexico Has To Play Starters Against Costa Rica - FMF State Of Mind

Jose Manuel 'Chepo' de la Torre would probably like to rest some of his starters at some point, but unfortunately for him, he is unlikely to have such an opportunity. After five Mexico players were sent home after testing positive for a banned substance, the roster is suddenly very thin. As a result, all of the starters will play tonight, as SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind explains:

The number five has loomed large over this Mexico team so far in the Gold Cup. El Tri has steamrolled over its first two opponents - El Salvador and Cuba - by identical 5-0 margins. The number also came into play just prior to the Cuba match when it was announced that five players would be suspended after testing positive for a banned substance. Without the suspended Maza Rodriguez, Memo Ochoa, Edgar Dueñas, Sinha, and "Hobbit" Bermudez, (along with Ricardo Osorio who previously retuned to Mexico for medical attention), the Mexico roster remains a bit thin.

Normally, manager Chepo de la Torre would probably look to rest a few key players for the next round. But with the team's personnel limitations, he may end up playing all of his key players again on Sunday. That would include Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos, who have both been outstanding for Mexico in the tournament. Chicharito has scored five goals in two games, while Dos Santos was named man of the match by the media for his performance against Cuba.

Costa Rica can go top of the group with a win, while they return star striker Bryan Ruiz. As a result, it's unlikely that Chepo would have rested his starters tonight even if he had a full squad available to him, but another game on the legs of his stars will have him starting to worry about fatigue.

For more on Mexico vs. Costa Rica, the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.