SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Juan Carlos Osorio didn’t hesitate to answer the question.
When asked if Mexico would bring in reinforcements for the CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds, the head coach said firmly that he is sticking with the players he has on hand. His roster is set.
“We believe that the group that is here deserves to continue, if we continue on,” Osorio confirmed. “This is a young group with the chance to experience this tournament and the great responsibility to represent Mexico. For now, this is the group that we have confidence in to help us advance and get all the way to the final.”
After the group stage, teams can make up to six changes, replacing current competitors with those from their initially submitted 40-man roster.
Osorio will continue to keep his Gold Cup group nearly 100% distinct from the one that finished fourth recently in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Defender Luis Reyes is the only one to be included on the roster of both tournaments.
Similar from the opener against El Salvador (3-1 win) to the second Group C meeting with Jamaica (0-0 draw), Osorio will select his starting XI for Sunday’s Curacao encounter based on his principles of squad rotation.
“I’ve always thought players should get a chance,” Osorio said. “The rotations have something to do with that. It’s difficult for them when it’s two games in less than four days and three in less than seven. It’s too much. So, we will take well into consideration (Sunday) the physiological part of it. We will do everything we can within our plan to keep them fresh, so that this young group can represent Mexico with dignity.”