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Notable absentees in El Tri call ups.

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Tuca Ferreti makes his first call up for El tri for the upcoming Friendlies in September against Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago. It was business as usual other than a few notable absentees in his list. Those names include Gio dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos, Guillermo Ochoa, and Jesus Corona.

Guillermo Ochoa was a Miguel Herrera favorite, and though he has seen very little playing time since his move to Malaga in Spain, he continued to be considered Mexico’s number one barely outdueling Mexico’s number two keeper, Jesus Corona. Well Tuca made his decision between Mexico’s number one and two keeper simple, he didn’t call either of them. In their stead he called up Moises Munoz from America, and Alfredo Talavera from Toluca. But don’t be alarmed, keepers is one area where Mexico has not had to worry about in years with an abundance of talent.

Goalkeeping is one thing Mexico has plenty of, but forwards and good midfielders is one thing they can’t easily shy away from. So the decision to leave Gio dos Santos and to a lesser extent Jona dos Santos out of El Tri’s recent call up surely raised some questions and no doubts some eyebrows in the Mexican soccer world. Jona has been playing well and often for the fast paced Villareal in Spain. Since arriving in the LA Galaxy Gio has been scoring and assisting almost at will, put in a few words, he’s made it look easy. So why did these two brothers get excluded from El tri’s recent call ups?

The rumor mill would tell you the Mexican soccer federation is punishing them for their controversial tweets both brothers sent out supporting Miguel Herrera after his controversial scuffle with a journalist at a Philadelphia airport that seen him fired. Another rumor would tell you it’s a punishment for Gio for joining the MLS. It’s no secret that most involved in the Mexcian soccer federation including players, coaches, and owners see the MLS as a step down in some ones soccer career.

This couldn’t be evidenced more when the owner of Chivas, Jorge Vergara would often use Chivas U.S.A. as minor league team where he could send players that need more playing experience or as a type of soccer purgatory where he would send players as a white gloved punishment. He has also been known to mention that unlike Gio, he would do whatever is possible for Javier Hernandez to play in Liga MX before he would ever play in the MLS.

Punishment or not, the reality for El Tri is this, if Tuca Ferreti has a good showing in his four game tenure as coach, and decides to stay on a little longer, El Tri fans may have to get used to seeing their team minus long time iconic faces like Giovanni dos Santos and Memo Ochoa.

GOALIES: Moisés Muñoz (América), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

DEFENSE: Paúl Aguilar (América), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad), Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Rafael Márquez (Hellas Verona), Héctor Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanís (Guadalajara), Miguel Layún (Watford), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)

MIDS: Jesús Dueñas (Tigres), José Juan Vázquez (León), Javier Güemez (América), Héctor Herrera (Porto), Luis Montes (León), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Andrés Guardado (PSV), Jesús Manuel Corona (Twente FC).

FORWARDS: Javier Hernández (Manchester United), Oribe Peralta (América), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica).

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