5 Players Mexico Need to Call Up for Copa America Campaign

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2014

5 Players Mexico Need to Call Up for Copa America Campaign

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    It's time for Mexico to think of the future, both in terms of tournaments and players who could make the next World Cup, and the 2015 Copa America is the perfect way to kick this off.

    El Tri received an invitation from CONMEBOL to participate in this competition for the ninth successive time. It will take place in Chile from June 11 to July 4.

    According to Goal.com (Spanish), CONCACAF has yet to decide which team Mexico can take to South America. The confederation hopes to have the best representation possible in the tournament.

    In 2010, CONCACAF announced that El Tri had to play with an U23 squad because there was a conflict with the 2011 Gold Cup schedule, per Goal.com.

Hiram Mier

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    Hiram Mier missed his chance to make Miguel Herrera's World Cup team because he suffered a knee injury days before the playoff that secured El Tri's ticket to Brazil, according to Reuters.

    The Monterrey defender is one of the best centre-backs in the Liga MX. He is strong and fierce, and he has already played several international tournaments.

    In 2012, he appeared with Mexico's U23 squad in the Summer Olympics, the Toulon Tournament and the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers.

    He also played the 2013 Confederations Cup with the senior team.

    If the coach decides to take footballers from the local league only, Mier is a fantastic option for Herrera's famous 5-3-2 formation. 

Jose Juan Vazquez

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    Jose Juan Vazquez showed his talent and skills at the World Cup.

    El Gallito had only played four games with Mexico before he made his debut against Cameroon, and he made quite an impression.

    He is a powerful central midfielder, who can play a defensive role thanks to his endurance and ability to maintain the ball, but Vazquez is also a great link with the forwards.

    His fine touch is key in changing the pace of the game through long passes. 

Carlos Pena

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    Carlos Pena barely played in the World Cup. His performance was not as good as it had been after Luis Montes' injury. Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera also proved to be in better shape.

    However, Pena is a thriving force in the midfield. He has been a standard-bearer for Mexican club Leon, where he has played since 2011.

    Pena is a dynamic midfielder who can play from both flanks and even through the center of the pitch.

    His creativity is one of his most valuable assets. He can assist his teammates, unbalance the rivals' defense and finish plays easily. 

Luis Montes

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    Before suffering a fractured tibia and fibula, Luis Montes had locked up his starting position for the World Cup.

    However, the Leon midfielder had to miss the tournament to undergo surgery to fix the injury. He is expected to return by the end of 2014.

    This means he will have one tournament to get back in shape and show the world he is still a great footballer.

    Montes' speed is key to El Tri. He is the kind of player who can run all the way to the goal line and send in deadly diagonal balls.

    Also, he has a fantastic long-distance shot that can change the score in the blink of an eye.

Raul Jimenez

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    Raul Jimenez only played nine minutes in the World Cup, as Javier Hernandez became Miguel Herrera's regular sub in the attacking zone.

    However, Jimenez is just 23 years old and has a bright future ahead. He proved he is a worthy striker during the Hexagonal, when he scored an amazing bicycle-kick goal against Panama.

    In 2013, he also played in the Gold Cup and the Confederations Cup.

    So far, he has recorded 26 appearances with El Tri, scoring four goals.

    His speed and knack for scoring set him apart as one of the most promising Mexican footballers.