Mexico: Miguel Herrera Wise to Pick Marco Fabian and Rogelio Chavez in WC Prep

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

PASADENA, CA - JULY 07:   Marco Fabian #10 of Mexico takes a free kick against Panama during the first round of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Rose Bowl on July 7, 2013 in Pasadena, California. Panama won 2-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Mexico continue their World Cup preparations, and manager Miguel Herrera is willing to give a chance to players who have been proving themselves in the Liga MX.

The side's next clash on April 2 will pit El Tri against the United States for the first time since the World Cup qualifying tournament.

This game will be the perfect opportunity to look at the footballers who could make a surprise entry to the World Cup squad for their skills and experience, especially Marco Fabian and Rogelio Chavez.


Rogelio Chavez

This will be the first cap for the 29-year-old. Chavez debuted in 2004 with Cruz Azul, where he spent four years before leaving the club on a loan.

The right-back played in the 2011 Apertura tournament with Pachuca and the 2012 Clausura with Atlas. Immediately after that, he returned to "La Maquina".

Despite his long career, Chavez hadn't been very consistent, which put him as the second choice of then-manager Guillermo Vazquez.

However, Chavez got his big break earlier this year when Luis Fernando Tena took over the team and Gerardo Flores suffered an injury in his right knee.

Chavez has taken over the starting position since the third matchday and has had a fantastic tournament so far.

He is a fierce defender who can also join the attack if needed. This will come in handy in Herrera's 5-3-2 system, which allows the left and right defenders to make runs through their respective flanks.

Chavez is fast and skillful and can be a very valuable asset in set pieces as he has a fantastic long-distance shot.

Ever since Herrera took the job, he has trusted in Paul Aguilar, however the Club America footballer has not been up to his best lately.

Herrera must find a right-back who can cover tightly, join the attacking zone and go back to his position in counter-attacks as soon as possible.

Against quick squads like Nigeria, Herrera's system puts a lot of pressure on the centre-backs. Considering Aguilar's under-performance, it is only logical that the manager is considering his other options.

Earlier this month, Chavez told the local media gathered outside Cruz Azul's ground, "The first call to represent my country is very exciting and I'll work very hard if I make it to the World Cup. I think the minutes that I have played in the 2014 Clausura, the regularity and the good pace of the team, help me a lot."


Marco Fabian

The Cruz Azul midfielder will receive his first cap since the Gold Cup when Jose Manuel de la Torre took a B team to the tournament in 2011.

Fabian has been involved in several scandals throughout his career, including being suspended and fined for partying and taking girls to his room during the preparation for the Copa America.

However, he managed to stay away from trouble for a while and made it to the U-23 Olympic squad that won the gold medal in London.

His ups and downs continued, and in December 2013, he left Chivas de Guadalajara in a year-long loan deal.

Now, wearing the Cruz Azul jersey, Fabian has gone back to his old self. He is currently the best Mexican scorer in the 2014 Clausura with seven goals and one assist to his name.

Fabian is a flexible midfielder who can play in any of the flanks or through the center of the pitch just behind the striker.

His speed and dribbling skills make him a very unbalancing player who can both create plays and finish them. His vision is key in the attacking zone. He knows how and when to help the forwards and give the team goal opportunities.

With El Tri, Fabian can take over the left flank, the position he currently has in Cruz Azul and that he played during the Summer Olympics.

In a press conference at Cruz Azul's training facilities on Friday, Fabian said, "I need to keep the momentum going, stay consistent and keep scoring. I have to excel with the national team to make a difference."



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