Mexico unveils roster for March friendlies

Hector Herrera (pictured), who is enjoying a tremendous season in Europe with FC Porto, was called up for Mexico's international friendlies later in March. (Photo: Mexsport

MEXICO CITY – Head coach Miguel Herrera announced Wednesday a 25-man roster for Mexico’s international friendlies in the United States later this month against Ecuador (March 28 in Los Angeles) and Paraguay (March 31 in Kansas City, Missouri).

The selection consists of 14 players from Liga MX sides and 11 with European clubs, including midfielder Hector Herrera.  In seven UEFA Champions League games this season for FC Porto, the 24-year-old has scored three goals, including one in a 4-0 Round of 16 victory over Basel on March 10.

Jesus Dueñas, Jurgen Damm and Eduardo Herrera will be given opportunities to earn their first caps.

The encounters will be the first of the year for Mexico, which is preparing for both the Copa America (June 11-July 4, 2015) and CONCACAF Gold Cup (July 7-26, 2015).

MEXICO ROSTER

(International friendlies: March 28, 2015, v Ecuador; March 31, 2015, v Paraguay)

GOALKEEPERS: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain) 

DEFENDERS: Paul Aguilar (Club America), Oswaldo Alanis (Santos Laguna), Adrian Aldrete (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Julio Cesar Domínguez (Cruz Azul), Miguel Layun (Watford/England), Hector Moreno (Espanyol/Spain), Diego Reyes (FC Porto/Portugal), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)

MIDFIELDERS: Jurgen Damm (Pachuca), Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain), Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain), Jesus Dueñas (Tigres), Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands), Javier Guemez (Tijuana), Hector Herrera (FC Porto/Portugal), Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas), Jose Juan Vázquez (Leon)

FORWARDS: Jesus Manuel Corona (FC Twente/Netherlands), Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid/Spain), Raul Jimenez (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Eduardo Herrera (Pumas)