Mexico interim manager Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti has called 23 players for September matches against Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina, with more surprises about who isn't included in the roster than who is.
The Dos Santos brothers, Villarreal defensive midfielder Jonathan and LA Galaxy attacker Giovani, are not included on the roster. Guillermo Ochoa, the goalkeeper who started for Mexico throughout the 2015 Gold Cup-winning campaign, also is omitted.
Estos son los 23 jugadores que nos representarán ante Trinidad & Tobago y @Argentina. #IncondicionalEs pic.twitter.com/FNMbHqCk1a— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) August 27, 2015
After Mexico won the Gold Cup, manager Miguel Herrera was fired for an altercation with a commentator. The Dos Santos brothers each posted social media messages supporting Herrera before he was let go.
There are still big-name stars on the roster, including 10 Europe-based players. Ferretti also has called up three players from his Tigres side, with fullback Jorge Torres Nilo and midfielders Jesus Duenas and Javier Aquino joining the team. No player is in line to get a debut from Ferretti.
Mexico faces Trinidad and Tobago on 4 September in Sandy, Utah, before facing Argentina on 8 September in Arlington, Texas.
Goalkeepers: Moises Munoz (America), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Paul Aguilar (America), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad) Francisco "Maza" Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Rafa Marquez (Hellas Verona), Hector Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), Miguel Layun (Watford), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)
Midfielders: Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Javier Guemez (America), Hector Herrera (Porto), Luis Montes (Leon), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Andres Guardado (PSV), Jesus "Tecatito" Corona (Twente)
Forwards: Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (Manchester United), Oribe Peralta (America), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Raul Jimenez (Benfica)