California-born Miguel Ponce replaces injured Medina on Mexico's World Cup roster
Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has been forced into a World Cup roster change.
California-born Toluca midfielder-defender Miguel Ponce has been called in to replace Juan Carlos Medina, with the latter requiring ankle surgery, Mexico's federation announced on Tuesday. Ponce becomes the second California-born player among El Tri's World Cup 23, joining club teammate Isaac Brizuela.
Medina, a 30-year-old Club America midfielder had not played for Mexico during the CONCACAF Hexagonal, but he was brought along by Herrera, his club coach, for the intercontinental playoff against New Zealand, starting both matches. Medina went on to be called in for Mexico's three 2014 friendlies since then, starting against Nigeria in March. He came off the bench at halftime of Mexico's 2-2 draw with the USA on April 2.
Ponce, 25, was part of Mexico's Olympic gold medal-winning team in 2012 and returned to El Tri's set-up for last summer's Gold Cup before resurfacing again for the 2014 friendlies.
With the change, Mexico's roster is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS: Rafa Marquez (Leon), Diego Reyes (Porto), Miguel Layun (America), Paul Aguilar (America), Andres Guardado (Leverkusen), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Francisco Rodriguez (America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres UANL)
MIDFIELDERS: Carlos Pena (Leon), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Miguel Ponce (Toluca), Luis Montes (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)
FORWARDS: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna)
ALTERNATES: Moisés Muñoz (América), Miguel Herrera (Pachuca), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (América), Javier Aquino (Villarreal), Jesús Escoboza (Santos), Aldo De Nigris (Guadalajara)