Young faces make up Aguirre's first roster
On Thursday, Mexico manager Javier Aguirre released his first national team roster since taking over the reins of El Tri and immediately gave a hint of the type of team he will likely look to build.
Aguirre stayed away from some high-profile players and did not include any South American-born players as well and instead chose to line the roster with many young players and a few forgotten ones.
Among the young talent Aguirre called in was Atlas star Edgar Pacheco, Toluca's budding forward Nestor Calderon as well as teammate Carlos Esquivel and Pachuca players Paul Aguilar, and Jose Maria Cardenas.
Aguirre's tried-and-true national team players were few and far between as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and midfielder Fernando Arce were the two senior members of the squad.
Not all of the players selected were up-and-coming players. Forwards Miguel Sabah and Oribe Peralta while defender Israel Castro of Pumas have all been toiling in relative obscurity in Mexico but all have had success with their teams throughout the years.
Some of the more notable players left off the roster included goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, midfielders Leandro Augusto and Antonio Naelson "Zinha" and forward Matias Vuoso. The latter three were born in South America.
The only foreign-born player on Aguirre's roster is Edgar Castillo, who was born to Mexican parents in New Mexico.
Aguirre's roster, however, was not without restrictions. Players from Chivas, San Luis, Atlante and Cruz Azul were unavailable due to international tournaments. Additionally, European-based players were also excluded.
The players will convene in Mexico City for a brief training camp on Monday.