Mexico: 5 Players Miguel Herrera Should Give a Chance to Make World Cup Team

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014

Mexico: 5 Players Miguel Herrera Should Give a Chance to Make World Cup Team

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    In the quest to find the best 23 men who will represent Mexico in the World Cup, Miguel Herrera has capped 41 players in his four-month term.

    Some of them have appeared in all the lists Herrera has released since the two-legged playoff against New Zealand, others have not even figured but have shown that they have what it takes to wear the green jersey.

    Here are five Liga MX players who should get a chance based on their recent performances.

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Rogelio Chavez

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    A very fluid and creative right-back, Chavez has been one of the most consistent footballers in the local league. 

    He is a tough defender but also a great addition to the attacking zone, thanks to his well-educated long-distance shot.

    Currently playing for Cruz Azul, the top team of the 2014 Clausura, he has yet to receive a cap to represent Mexico.

    However, last month Herrera told local media gathered at the El Tri's training facilities that Chavez has been on his radar for a while.

    According to several Mexican media outlets, including Record newspaper, he might debut next month against the United States as Herrera has yet to find the ideal man to cover the right flank since Paul Aguilar has been far from astounding.

Alfredo Talavera

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    Talavera is one of the most respected and talented goalkeepers of the local league.

    He has played for Toluca since 2009 and received his first cap to guard Mexico’s goal two years later.

    Despite his good performance at the 2011 Gold Cup, Talavera did not receive any further calls for the national team until Herrera took over.

    The Toluca keeper excels when it comes to the aerial game. His height (6’2’’) and quick reflexes set him as very valuable asset.

    This season with his club he has only conceded five goals in 11 matchdays.

Miguel Ponce

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    Ponce was in limbo for a lot of time.

    Despite being part of Mexico’s U-23 team in 2012, which means he won the Olympic qualifying tournament, Toulon Tournament and the Summer Olympics, he struggled to become an undisputed starter with Chivas de Guadalajara.

    It was until the left-back arrived in Toluca where his luck changed. Ponce has played all the matchdays of the 2014 Clausura tournament and has scored once.

    If Herrera gives him a chance, he will be an excellent substitute for Miguel Layun or Andres Guardado, both playing in the left flank.

    Since the Mexican manager uses a 5-3-2 system, the flying full-backs have a lot of physical wear, and that is when Ponce can come in handy. His endurance and speed could be great assets for El Tri.

Jesus Zavala

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    The midfield is crucial in Herrera’s formation. The central midfielder is the commander of the team and the link between the defense and the attack.

    With two flying full-backs, the centre-backs can be in distress in case of a counterattack; hence the need to have a midfielder who helps them to contain the danger.

    Herrera has trusted in Juan Carlos Medina, but he has not been atop in the past couple of games.

    Hector Herrera performed well in this position, but Jesus Zavala may be a better fit, as he knows it better.

    He has been in charge of the center of the pitch in several international competitions, like the Gold Cup and the Confederations Cup. His experience is for sure a key factor and what El Tri need.

Marco Fabian

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    Fabian is getting back to his old self since he arrived in Cruz Azul.

    The attacking midfielder is currently the top Mexican scorer of the 2014 Clausura, with six goals to his name, and that should definitively mean something to Herrera.

    Although last month he said to the local media in a press conference that Fabian was not there yet, it is time for Herrera to realize that he can provide more attacking options to the team.

    Right now, Javier Hernandez is injured, and before that he didn’t get much playing time with Manchester United. Raul Jimenez has fallen short too, both with Club America and Mexico.

    Oribe Peralta needs someone who can come from behind and support him but who can also solve a play in the blink of an eye.

    Fabian is that kind of footballer; he can get into the box easily and open spaces for his teammates.