The big day arrived, the day in which the Mexican National Team announced the names of the players that will represent them in FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A day which was very much at risk during 2013 and that USMNT midfielder Graham Zusi had to save.
El Tri manager Miguel "Piojo" Herrera decided to skip the naming of a 30 man preliminary roster and go straight into the 23 man final list. Twenty years ago Herrera was on the short list for Mexico's 1994 World Cup squad, but got left out at the last minute by then manager Miguel Mejia Baron. Herrera vowed not to put seven players through that kind of anguish and go straight to the 23 man list.
The big surprise in Herrera's list was Tigres defender Carlos Salcido who did not participate in any of the matches that Miguel Herrera has managed up until now, as well as the exclusion of Club America goalkeeper Moises Munoz who looked poised to be the third choice keeper.
Goalkeepers (3): Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio/FRA), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders (8): Paul Aguilar (Club America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Miguel Layun (Club America), Rafael Marquez (Leon), Hector Moreno (Espayol/SPA), Diego Reyes (Porto/POR), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Club America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres)
Midfielders (7): Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Hector Herrera (Porto/POR), Juan Carlos Medina (Club America), Luis Montes (Leon), Carlos Pena (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)
Forwards (5): Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/SPA), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United/ENG), Raul Jimenez (Club America), Oribe Peralta (Santos), Alan Pulido (Tigres)