Mexico will be at full strength for next week’s friendly


The United States will wait until Sunday to reveal its roster for next week’s high-profile friendly inside Azteca Stadium. But for Mexico, no need to wait.

Because it doesn’t take long, after all, to say “They are all coming.”

El Tri till be without Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Salcido, who are in London with Mexico’s Olympic side, which meets Brazil in Friday’s final. Otherwise, the hosts for next week’s match will be at full “Mexico.”

That means Manchester United’s “Chicharito,” a.k.a. Javier Hernandez. And it means Andrés Guardado coming in from Valencia in Spain and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in from his club in France.

Meanwhile, United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has a decision to make with Clint Dempsey. The U.S. attacker is dealing with a prickly club situation, apparently attempting to force a move away from Fulham. Having recently been left out of the Cottagers’ travel contingent for preseason workouts, Dempsey has just been ordered to train on his own.

Mexico’s complete roster:

  • Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio, France), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
  • Defenders: Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Stuttgart, Germany), Héctor Moreno (Espanyol, Spain), Severo Meza (Monterrey), Hugo Ayala (UANL Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (UANL Tigres), Enrique Pérez (Morelia), Adrian Aldrete (América)
  • Midfielders: Jesús Zavala (Monterrey), Manuel Viniegra (UANL Tigres), Edgar Gerardo Lugo (Santos Laguna), Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul), Andrés Guardado (Valencia, Spain), Ángel Reyna (Monterrey)
  • Forwards: Elías Hernández (UANL Tigres), Aldo De Nigris (Monterrey), Javier Hernández (Manchester United, England)