Juan Carlos Osorio announces 28-man preliminary roster for 2018 FIFA World Cup
Mexico’s 28-man preliminary roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was announced this Monday, May 14. The squad will be reduced to the final 23 players that will represent El Tri in the global competition by June 4.
For now, these 28 players will try and shine to try and earn a spot to represent their country in Russia this summer. There were a few surprises on the roster, but not anything too drastic as the same core of players has been consistently called up by Juan Carlos Osorio made up a large portion of the squad.
One of the more surprising players to see was Rafael Marquez, who will try to make history and play in his fifth World Cup. Monterrey’s Jesus Molina was really the only other huge surprise as other midfielders in the Liga MX had been in much better for than him recently.
Players like Jose Juan “Gallito” Vazquez and Rodolfo Pizarro arguably deserved to be called up instead of Molina, which has created a bit of controversy. Another controversial but foreseeable call up was Giovani Dos Santos of the LA Galaxy because of his experience with the national team.
— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) May 14, 2018
Mexico will have three friendly matches against Wales, Scotland and Denmark before the World Cup starts. There are currently a few players that are injured on the roster including Andres Guardado, Diego Reyes and the Dos Santos brothers.
It is unclear if all of those players will be ready in time to participate in Russia, so there could still be several changes made by June 4.