Dutch Friendly Helps Mexico's Miguel Herrera Define Gold Cup, Copa America Teams

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2014

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 12:  Carlos Vela #11 of Mexico is congratulated by team mates after scoring the first goal of the game during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Mexico held at the Amsterdam ArenA on November 12, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Mexico beat Netherlands 3-2 in the friendly held at Amsterdam Arena. Beyond the result, this game was instrumental for Miguel Herrera, as he has put together two teams for 2015.

The game versus the Dutch was a fantastic way to take a closer look at players who can make the Copa America and the Gold Cup squads.

Let's take a look at some of them.

Copa America

The tournament will be held from June 11 to July 4 in Chile. Mexico have been invited for the ninth time, and El Piojo wants to reach the final showdown.

Last October he told Mexican media (h/t La Aficion, Spanish) that he knew that both tournaments were very competitive, but that he was determined to make the final match.

The teams that will participate in this year's edition are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Herrera will probably use a B-team for this competition. This doesn't mean inexperienced players, but young ones.

Miguel Angel Herrera: He has done a fantastic work with Pachuca so far. The centre-back has been sharp in the Liga MX, but his lack of experience in international level will be a setback in making the Gold Cup team.

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He is fierce and intelligent, but he lacks body build and ball control. This prevents him from charging the rivals and keeping the ball in key moments.

The Pachuca footballer has won 59 percent of the duels in which he has been involved in 12 Liga MX games this season.

Against Netherlands he only recovered three balls but completed 81 percent of the passes he sent. 

Diego Reyes: The Porto centre-back took over the libero position, but he lacked intensity. Reyes is not playing regularly with his club, and it's obvious.

He wasn't synced with El Tri, and although he passes correctly (84 percent), he barely put the ball beyond the center of the pitch. He just completed seven passes to the last third.

He barely helped the defense. It was Hector Herrera who really made a difference in the back line.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 12:  Memphis Depay of Netherlands and Adrian Aldrete of Mexico battle for the ball during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Mexico held at the Amsterdam ArenA on November 12, 2014 in Amsterdam, Neth
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Adrian Aldrete: Since Miguel Layun will probably make the Gold Cup team, Aldrete is a good option for the left flank.

Against Netherlands he recovered three balls, completed 71 percent of his passes and joined the attack on a regular basis.

The Santos Laguna footballer fights every ball but also keeps his defensive duties covered.

Gold Cup

This competition will take place from July 7 to 26. If Mexico win it, they will play against the United States for the right to attend the 2017 Confederations Cup.

It's very likely that El Piojo will take most of the European-based players to this event.

Carlos Vela: It's clear that the Real Sociedad forward is going through a fantastic moment. He scored a brace against the Dutch and worked beautifully with Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera and Javier Hernandez.

His technique and vision to create and finish plays set him as one of the best Mexicans abroad.

If he continues like this, there shouldn't be a single reason not to make the Gold Cup team, which he played as part of in 2009.

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Former Arsenal man Carlos Vela scores on his Mexico return as the lead the Dutch 1-0. Live: http://t.co/MniHfcvxRc / https://t.co/c8OT4j6ScL

Jesus Corona: Although he only played 30 minutes, El Tecatito made an assist. He proved to be a game-changer, not only for his technique, but also for his creativity.

Currently playing for Twente, he could be a good addition to the squad because at age 21 he has been playing regularly in Europe and been an instrumental piece for his club.

Corona's dribbling skills and speed set him as an unbalancing player who can provide the team with depth and verticality.

All stats appear courtesy of Squawka and Mi Seleccion Gamecast (Spanish) unless otherwise noted.


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