Mexico leans on Gold Cup champs for U.S. rematch
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- More than half of the Mexico team which won the Gold Cup will face the United States again on Aug. 12 in a critical World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.
Coach Javier Aguirre named 12 players from the Gold Cup squad that beat the United States 5-0 in Sunday's final.
None of the Americans is likely to start against Mexico next month. The Americans have never won at Azteca Stadium.
Mexico desperately needs a victory in a struggle to qualify for next year's World Cup in South Africa.
The 12 from the Gold Cup team are: Goalkeepers Guillermo Ochoa and Jose de Jesus Corona; defenders Efrain Juarez, Jose Antonio Castro and Jonny Magallon; midfielders Israel Castro, Gerardo Torrado and Alberto Medina; and forwards Miguel Sabah, Giovani Dos Santos, Carlos Vela and Guillermo Franco.
Aguirre added five defenders: Ricardo Osorio, Carlos Salcido, Rafael Marquez, Oscar Rojas and Aaron Galindo. Also called up were midfielders Andres Guardado and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, and forward Nery Castillo.
Midway through qualifying, Costa Rica leads the North and Central America and Caribbean region with 12 points. The U.S. has 10 followed by Honduras (7), Mexico (6), El Salvador (5) and Trinidad and Tobago (2). The top three advance automatically to South Africa. The No. 4 team plays off with the No. 5 from South America for another berth.