5 Little-Known Players Who Could Make the Mexico World Cup Squad

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2014

5 Little-Known Players Who Could Make the Mexico World Cup Squad

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    Miguel Herrera might have made up his mind about the base of players who will represent Mexico in this summer’s World Cup, but there are several footballers from the Liga MX who could make it to the final list.

    The local tournament offers a lot of options for the coach and he knows it. Some little known players from the local tournament have already been capped.

    Last November, Herrera called some of them for the two-legged playoff against Zealand; others played in the latest friendly, in which El Tri defeated South Korea 4-0.

Rodolfo Pizarro

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    El Tri lack of dynamic and strong right-backs. This has been a persistent issue, which Herrera needs to address immediately.

    Severo Meza was the undisputed starter during the 2013 Hexagonal, but his performance was far from impressive.

    The Monterrey defender struggled so much that Jose Manuel de la Torre capped Gerardo Flores. However, the Cruz Azul footballer also fell short and Hiram Mier took over.

    Miguel Layun could take this sideline, but he has proven to be more lethal from the left flank.

    This is where Rodolfo Pizarro can come in handy. Currently playing for Pachuca, the 20-year-old debuted with El Tri last month.

    He is the kind of right-back who can defend tightly and then help the attacking line with crosses and long passes.

Jose Juan Vazquez

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    "El Gallito" Vazquez is a fantastic defensive midfielder. Under Herrera’s 5-3-2 system he can be very useful. 

    His ball control set him as an ideal link between the attacking and defensive lines. Vazquez knows how to keep the ball until the midfielders and forwards are in position.

    His fine touch gives him the chance to come from behind and shoot from outside the box, giving goalkeepers a hard time.

    He is 25 years old, plays for current Liga MX champion Leon and debuted with El Tri in Mexico’s 4-0 victory over South Korea.

Jesus Alonso Escoboza

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    At age 21, Escoboza has already played three times with El Tri, all of them as a substitute, and has scored once with the national team.

    The Santos Laguna left winger has caught the media's and fans' attention for his enviable dribbling skills and speed.

    Andres Guardado owned this position for over four years, but his fitness has not been the best hence several players have been capped to fill the spot.

    Giovani dos Santos played through the left flank once, but it was a disaster. Gerardo Flores and Christian Gimenez also got their chances yet blew it.

    Now Escoboza has a great chance to be on the team. If it happens he will most likely be Carlos Pena’s substitute.

    The good news is he takes advantage of every single minute he spends on the pitch, so he is a thriving force in the last 15 to 20 minutes of a match.

Luis Angel Mendoza

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    Mendoza is one of the men that Herrera coached when he was in charge of Club America, so he has the manager's trust.

    He has polished his playmaking skills and has taken a key role since he arrived with "Las Aguilas" in 2013.

    Last season he scored three times in 18 appearances, besides being one of the players who gave the team depth, thanks to his speed and evasiveness.

    In the 2014 Clausura, he has played in all the games, although he has not been the undisputed starter since Herrera left the club.

    "El Quick" has been capped three times but has yet to debut with the squad.

Isaac Brizuela

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    Brizuela is one of the most successful youngsters of the Liga MX. He has been playing in the country’s top league since he was 19 years old. 

    He wears Toluca's jersey and can play from both flanks due to his dribbling skills, strength and fitness.

    "El Conejito" knows how to cut from the sidelines to the box from where he becomes a lethal threat to rivals.

    He can run all the way to the goal line and send a cross to the forwards or finish the play himself with his well-educated right foot.

    At age 23, he has played four times with El Tri and was part of the U-23 squad that won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.