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Mexico's Roster for USA Match

Javier Aguirre's selections for the Aug. 12 World Cup qualifier at Azteca:

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul).

Defenders: Efrain Juarez (Pumas), Jose Castro (Tigres), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Jonny Magallon (Chivas), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Aaron Galindo (Chivas), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Oscar Rojas (America).

Midfielders: Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas), Andres Guardado (Deportivo de Coruña), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Chicago).

Forwards: Alberto Medina (Chivas), Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham), Nery Castillo (Shakhtar), Carlos Vela (Arsenal), Miguel Sabah (Morelia), Guillermo Franco (unattached).

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2009; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico  
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If I was Mexico, I'd attack us with a 4-3-3. A frontline of (left to right) Vela, Castillo and Dos Santos; a midfield of Guardado, Torrado (or Blanco in a pinch) and I. Castro. Have to think about defenders.

It'd be the first time the US ever faced Mexico when they had Vela, Castillo, Dos Santos and Guardado on the pitch at the same time.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | July 29, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Mexixo, Mexico, Bah Bah Bah.

Posted by: fischy | July 29, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

If I were the coach, I'd use a 4-5-1. Unless of course, they were paying me enough to try and beat the USA.

Posted by: fischy | July 29, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It's strange seeing Chicago on that list.

Posted by: sitruc | July 29, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

This seems like a very counter attacking type of lineup that will try to take advantage of the US defenders with speed and technical ability. I think that Cherundolo and maybe Bornstein could be useful as the outside backs against El-Tri, but I would wary of that notion. It's too bad Edgar Castillo has not been integrated into the US side. I find it pretty stupid that Aguirre would let out what roster he was going to use so soon. This gives Bradley time to strategize.

Posted by: no_recess | July 29, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

And not Nueva Chicago.

Posted by: Reignking | July 29, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Are you going to start doing Americans Abroad for the up coming season?

Posted by: no_recess | July 29, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I thought we had 3 Americans A-Broad in the last thread.

Posted by: Reignking | July 29, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Bradley could use all the time he can get. Maybe Aguirre feels a little sorry for Bobby?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 29, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see how Bob will piss me off. It's the one way in which he shows his diversity.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 29, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

how many of these guys played in the Gold CUp?

Posted by: targetmedia | July 29, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This is who I would like to start for us against Mexico:
------------Howard------------
Hejduk--Onyewu--Boca--Bornstein
Dempsey--Bradley--Clark--Donovan
------Ching--------Davies------

Possible subs:
- Altidore for Ching
- Feilhaber for Ching/Davies, Dempsey moves up
- Feilhaber for Clark
- DeMerit for Dempsey, Donovan to RM, Bornstein to LM, Boca to LB and DeMerit to CB
- Spector for Bornstein
- Spector for Dempsey, Donovan to RM, Bornstein to LM, Spector to LB
- Probably a lot more I haven't thought of.

Notes:
- Hejduk is in there because he's made for this type of game, and his fitness is perfect for altitude. Speed helps too.
- Bornstein is in because if we have Boca at LB Mexico will just fly by that left flank. Spector wouldn't be a bad option at LB but I'd prefer Bornstein there.
- Ching is in because he's a better target forward (than Altidore) and is in much better shape and therefore can handle the altitude. Altidore's role should be a late game sub.

Posted by: GoUnited | July 29, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

how many of these guys played in the Gold CUp?

Posted by: targetmedia | July 29, 2009 5:46 PM |
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All the forwards except Castillo, all the midfielders except Blanco and Guardado, and both of the goalies were on the Gold Cup roster. Biggest difference is on defense -- where Marquez, Osorio, Galindo, Salcido, and Rojas are being added.

If you're asking about who played against the USA -- 11 of them did. 2 defensive starters and one substitute midfielder from that game did not make this roster.

Kinda puts the lie to the idea that Mexico brought anything like a "B" team to the Gold Cup. Maybe some key starters were missing, but most of the guys are on their "A" team.

Posted by: fischy | July 29, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

My first thought was that this seems like a lot of defenders compared to the number of mids and forwards, and that their gonna wait and counter, which means they're worried.

I like worried.


My second thought was that that's genius of them, considering that's how they just beat us 5-0.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 29, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Can we please now stop saying that the Mexico team that beat us in the GC Final was their "B" team?

Posted by: nelson_o_matichotmailcom | July 29, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

10 out of 14 players used in Gold Cup final are on this roster.

Who will be from ours: Definites: Brian Ching and Stuart Holden. Maybes: Beckermann, Perkins, Marshall, Goodson and Rogers.

Bradley must pick 20:

G: Howard and Guzan
D: Cherundolo, Spector, Demarit, Gooch, Boca, Born. and either Marshall, Pearce or Heydude
M: Dempsey, Bradley, Clark, Feilhaber, Holden, Beckerman, Rogers
F: Ching, Davies, Altidore, Donovan (include here bc no real 4th)

That makes gold cup final: 5 with only Ching possibly a starter. I can't wait to beat them at the infamous Azteca.

Posted by: Jmcurto | July 29, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

If Davies and Altidore don't start up top, and Demerit and Onyewu don't start in defense, it will be proved that Bob didn't learn anything from South Africa.

Was Jozy on fire? No, but Ching and Casey have proved they are both toothless against quality opposition (Ching toothless against just about everyone). Plus, his touch improved markedly by the Brazil game, he just didn't get any service in the second half, as we hid.

I think he was dangerous enough to make it so the defense marked him well, leaving room for Davies.

Onyewu and Demerit look like the kind of back two that could handle just about anything. Boca never looked as good as these boys.

I would say we start with Bradley and Clark in the middle, Feilhaber as super sub. Don't think Jones should be starting without further integration.

SPECTOR. Cherundolo didn't look like he could take him down, he should sit the bench.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 29, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Apparently The Gooch didn't look that good today

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 29, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 29, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone was wondering, WWE Raw starring Shaq from the other night at the Verizon Center is on mun2 right now...

Posted by: sitruc | July 29, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I think it's pretty obvious BB needs to start the Confederation's Cup semifinal lineup. Really, there are only 2 changes from that lineup I would even contemplate:

(1) Cherundolo for Bocanegra at left back.

(2) Feilhaber for Clark in the middle.

If you play it safe, you keep the CC semifinal lineup (likely to happen). If you hope to improve the lineup (at the risk of possibly losing chemistry), those are the only two options you'd have.

And no, Ching shouldn't even cross the mind of Bradley as a starter. Neither should Bornstein. Really, it shouldn't even be questioned at this point.

Posted by: psps23 | July 29, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

@United Demon -- a point of order. Right now, the USSF is operating on the presumption that Jones will not even be eligible to join the USMNT until the rule goes into effect on October 2. So, neither he nor Castillo are even in the conversation -- at least not until that final WCQ at RFK on 10/14.

Posted by: fischy | July 29, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Guille Franco is unattached? When did he leave Villareal?

Posted by: fentysupporter | July 30, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I look at this Mexico squad... and I can't help thinking "they're beatable," for all the reasons listed above.

I think they believe that slapping around our scrubs in the Gold Cup convinces them that they're whole again.

The weaknesses in this Mexican squad presents a massive opportunity to break the Azteca hoodoo and beat them on their turf. We should take it.

Posted by: gooner71 | July 30, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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