Brothers Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos, and World Cup hero Guillermo Ochoa, have been left out of the Mexico squad for the September friendly matches against Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina.
In interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s first squad since succeeding Miguel Herrera, the Mexican public were left with more surprises about who isn’t included in the roster than who is.
After Mexico won the Gold Cup, 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.
Ochoa has not seen much playing time for his club Malaga but has continually starred as Mexico’s No. 1, excelling throughout the 2015 Gold Cup-winning campaign.
There are still big-name stars in the squad, including 10 Europe-based Mexicans.
Ferretti, who will continue in his role as coach of local club Tigres, also has called up three players from his own side, with full-back 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 is to face Trinidad and Tobago on September 4 in Sandy, Utah, before facing Argentina on September 8 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)