Chicharito headlines Mexico's Copa America roster; Dos Santos out
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez leads a Mexican team looking to make a splash at Copa America Centenario, but some of his most talented countrymen won't be making the trip.
Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos were omitted from Juan Carlos Osorio's team for Copa America, which was released on Tuesday. Osorio claimed that Dos Santos declined the call in his press conference following the roster release. Dos Santos's brother, Jonathan, was also omitted.
As for those going to Copa America, Chicharito enjoyed a superb season at Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 26 goals in all competitions for the Bundesliga's third-place side. He's joined by ageless defender Rafa Marquez and attacking talents like Andres Guardado, Tecatito Corona, Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta.
El Tri, the reigning CONCACAF champion, has not lost or conceded a goal in five matches under Osorio (5-0-0, +12 goal differential) and plays Uruguay, Jamaica and Venezuela in group play.
Here is Mexico's squad in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jose Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga)
DEFENDERS: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad), Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven), Yasser Corona (Queretaro), Paul Aguilar (America), Miguel Layun (Porto), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL)
MIDFIELDERS: Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jesus Duenas (Tigres UANL), Carlos Pena (Chivas), Candido Ramirez (Monterrey), Javier Aquino (Tigres UANL), Jesus Molina (Santos Laguna)
FORWARDS: Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto)