Mexican National Team: Juan Carlos Osorio Releases Roster For WC Qualifying

The Juan Carlos Osorio era is officially underway after the new manager named his roster for his first taste of World Cup Qualifying when Mexico take on El Salvador at El Estadio Azteca on November 13th followed by one of the trickiest tasks Osorio will face when they travel to Central America to take on Honduras on the 17th.

Since taking the job with the Mexican National Team, Osorio has been seen in attendance at the CONCACAF Cup last month as well as Mexico’s last friendly against Panama. He also traveled to Europe to watch and visit with Mexico’s European based players, and finally he’s been seen at numerous Liga MX games as well.

Guillermo Ochoa makes his return to El Tri after being left off the roster during interim manager Ricardo Ferretti’s time. Ochoa still hasn’t seen any action for his club side Malaga in Spain, but Osorio will still want to see with his eyes how the former Club America man looks between the pipes for himself.

Not making the trip is captain Rafael Marquez, who struggled with an injury for his club team a few weeks back in Italy, so the omission was expected. This means that the arm band will most likely go back to PSV Eindhoven midfielder Andres Guardado, who’s been the other captain for Mexico when Marquez hasn’t been on the roster.

The other notable omission is L.A. Galaxy midfielder Giovani Dos Santos. Even though the older of the Dos Santos brothers has settled in nicely in the city of angels, has received a warm welcome by the supporters, the league, former players (like David Beckham) and the Mexican-American fans, he has yet to play for Mexico since his move. Whether that be by coach’s choice, like in this situation or during the friendlies in September, or by injury, like in October for the CONACAF Cup call up, he's yet to appear.

Of those on the roster, Hugo Ayala and Oswaldo Alanis make their return to the national team, as do Luis Fuentes and Alejandro Castro of first place Pumas UNAM of La Liga MX. While young starlet Jürgen Damm also makes his return to the national team, as does 2014 FIFA World Cup player Carlos Pena.


Alfredo Talavera- Toluca
Moises Munoz- Club America
Guillermo Ochoa- Malaga


Paul Aguilar- Club America
Diego Reyes- Real Sociedad
Hector Moreno- PSV Eindhoven
Oswaldo Alanis- Chivas de Guadalajara
Jorge Torres Nilo- Tigres
Miguel Layun- Porto
Luis Fuentes- Pumas UNAM


Jose Juan Vazquez- Leon
Alejandro Castro- Pumas UNAM
Hector Herrera- Porto
Jonathan Dos Santos- Villarreal
Andres Guardado- PSV Eindhoven
Jürgen Damm- Tigres
Carlos Pena- Leon
Carlos Esquivel- Toluca
Javier Aquino- Tigres
Jesus Manuel Corona- Porto


Carlos Vela- Real Sociedad
Oribe Peralta- Club America
Raul Jimenez- Benfica
Javier Hernandez- Bayer Leverkusen