Picking the Best Mexico XI of Players Not at the World Cup

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2014

Picking the Best Mexico XI of Players Not at the World Cup

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    Miguel Herrera left out several players of his final 23-man list for the World Cup. Some of them were not interested in playing for Mexico, others simply didn't make the cut and a couple more got hurt.

    In any case, El Tri have some talented footballers who could play with the national team in other tournaments or who have already played in international competitions.

    From Carlos Vela to Luis Montes, let's find out who are those who will not make the trip to Brazil.

Moises Munoz (GK)

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    Moises Munoz may be one of Miguel Herrera's most trusted men and still was left out of El Tri.

    The Club America goalkeeper was key in securing the 2013 Clausura title, as he scored the equalizer against Cruz Azul. With Mexico he appeared in the playoff against New Zealand, where he proved to be in superb shape.

    However, during the preparation process for Brazil 2014, Jesus Corona and Guillermo Ochoa excelled, while Alfredo Talavera was the best goalkeeper of the 2014 Clausura tournament.

Jorge Torres Nilo (LB)

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    Miguel Herrera considered Jorge Torres Nilo for the preparation game against South Korea, but the Tigres left-back didn't play.

    Torres Nilo has appeared in international tournaments like the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup. He has played 36 times with El Tri for a total of 2,311 minutes on the pitch.

    He is fast, elusive and accurate with long passes; these qualities have made him an undisputed starter with his club.

Miguel Angel Herrera (CB)

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    Currently playing for Pachuca, Miguel Angel Herrera is a tough centre-back who caught media attention since the 2013 Apertura for his tight coverage and fierceness.

    In the following tournament (2014 Clausura), he helped Los Tuzos reach the final match, proving that youth is not an impediment to success.

    Herrera was first called up for the Finland friendly and later for the playoff against New Zealand. Unfortunately he didn't play, which had more to do with his inexperience in international tournaments than with his talent.

    He appears in Miguel Herrera's standby list.


Hiram Mier (CB)

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    Hiram Mier gained international recognition after a super year with Mexico's U-23 squad.

    In 2012, the Monterrey defender secured the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the Toulon Tournament and the gold medal at the Summer Olympics. In the first two competitions, he wore the captain's armband.

    He quickly became a player to follow thanks to his fine touch and easiness to join the attack and create goal opportunities for the forwards.

    He made the trip to New Zealand for the playoff but didn't appear.

Rogelio Chavez (RB)

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    Rogelio Chavez received his first cap for the senior team at age 29, thanks to his super performance in the Liga MX and the CONCACAF Champions League.

    The Cruz Azul midfielder has an excellent touch, which sets him as a very valuable footballer in set pieces.

    He can put a 40-yard pass on his teammates' boots easily. The free kicks and long-distance shots are his specialty.

    He received an opportunity to show his talents against the United States last April, but he didn't make the same impact.

Luis Montes (LM)

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    Luis Montes was ready to be a starter in Brazil until he played a friendly against Ecuador. He and Segundo Castillo bumped into each other, which caused the Leon midfielder a terrible injury that left him out of the World Cup.

    Montes is one of the most painful losses for Miguel Herrera's side. Some of his most valuable assets include ball possession and distribution, plus a powerful left-foot shot, which can help change the score in the blink of an eye.

    He is also a thriving force through the left flank, where he can send crosses or get into the box.

Jesus Zavala (CM)

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    Miguel Herrera tried several central midfielders before making up his mind for such a key position in his 5-3-2-system.

    Jesus Zavala made the team for the USA friendly but couldn't keep up the rhythm he had shown with Monterrey throughout the season.

    Zavala has been in charge of Los Rayos' midfield since 2012, thanks to his ball possession and physical condition. Also, he is a fantastic ball supplier for the forwards.

    He played with Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup as well as eight games of the 2013 Hexagonal and two of the Confederations Cup.

Juan Carlos Medina (CM)

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    After being left out from the national team for six years (2007-2013), Juan Carlos Medina was close to playing his first World Cup until he injured his right ankle in a training session.

    Medina had been El Tri's commander from the moment that Miguel Herrera took over the team in October 2013.

    El Negro had been one of the favorites because he knew what Herrera expected from him and how he was supposed to perform under the 5-3-2 system.

    Miguel Angel Ponce took his place on the team, leaving a doubt as to who will be in control of the center of the pitch during the World Cup.

Rodolfo Pizarro (RM)

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    Rodolfo Pizarro is a flexible player who can help the defense when it is in distress or also join the attack when there's a good shot at scoring.

    The Pachuca midfielder proved himself at the 2014 Clausura, as he helped his team get into the final showdown with Leon.

    Pizarro secured the starting position from Matchday 1 thanks to his hard work, sharp aerial game and dribbling skills, which make him a complete and unbalancing footballer.

    He debuted with Mexico earlier this year in a friendly against South Korea, where he played the whole match.

Aldo De Nigris (FW)

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    Aldo de Nigris was regularly capped during Jose Manuel de la Torre's era. From 2012 to 2013, he was the main sub in the attacking zone.

    In that period he played 536 minutes and scored three goals. Although Miguel Herrera considered him for two friendly games (Finland and South Korea) and the two-legged playoff against New Zealand, de Nigris didn't play.

    It was an odd decision because he was going through a good time with his club, Chivas de Guadalajara, despite the team's disappointing season.

    De Nigris scored three goals in 16 appearances in the 2014 Clausura. He spent 1,370 minutes on the pitch of 1,530 possible.

Carlos Vela (FW)

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    Carlos Vela is by far the most surprising and painful loss for El Tri, leaving the injured players aside.

    The Most Valuable Player of Real Sociedad (2013/2014 season) told Miguel Herrera that he was not interested in playing for Mexico, as he didn't feel it would be fair for those involved in the qualification process, plus he wanted to be consistent with his previous decisions.

    Vela has had a brilliant time in Spain, especially since he joined the Txuriurdin in 2011. He has scored 42 goals in 107 appearances and has become a cornerstone of the attacking zone ever since.

    He is one of the most complete strikers in La Liga; he scores, assists and collaborates in the defensive duties bravely.

    Just imagine him playing next to Oribe Peralta or Giovani dos Santos.


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