Mexico's Vela, Salcido suspended vs. El Salvador
When Javier Aguirre fills out his the roster for his first official match with the Mexican national team, he will not be able to utilize two of the team's top players.
Carlos Salcido and Carlos Vela were handed one-match suspensions by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on Monday, and neither player will be eligible to play at El Salvador on June 6 when World Cup qualifying resumes for both nations.
Salcido's ban was a formality. He received a red card late in Mexico's game against Honduras and will automatically serve a one-match suspension. The Disciplinary Committee did not extend the ban to another match, however, and deemed the normal suspension was enough.
Vela, meanwhile, picked up a yellow card against Honduras. Because Vela had already picked up a yellow card during the semifinal phase of qualifying, the card against Honduras was his second and thus the Disciplinary Committee ruled that he should sit out a match. The booking came in the 90th minute of Mexico's 1-0 loss at Jamaica on Oct. 11.
Both players will be eligible to participate in Mexico's June 10 encounter against Trinidad & Tobago in Estadio Azteca.