Miguel Herrera also decided to not take advantage of the little time FIFA allotted the teams to test out players. The former Club America manager decided to skip the 30 player roster list and go straight into the final 23-man World Cup squad. In this list some surprising names come up and it is assumed that due to the lack of leadership in the squad, Mexico will be settling for experience.
Carlos Salcido came out of no where
The former Chivas of Guadalajara youth product and current Tigres UANL member was a key part of "Chepo" de la Torre's squad. Despite being a natural full back, Salcido was a key part of de la Torre's midfield along with Gerardo Torrado. Salcido was also a big part of the historic Olympic Gold Medal winning Mexico squad in 2012.
He can play center back, right or left back, and defensive midfield. He has played in leagues like Holland's Everdise and England's EPL. His experience and his versatility is unmatched by any Mexican player.
Guardado's ExPerience (not his form) beat Miguel Ponce
One of the biggest battles for a position in Mexico's World Cup squad was between Bayer Leverkusen's Andres Guardado and Toluca's Miguel Angel Ponce.
Ponce has had an amazing last 12 months; he was part of the Olympic Squad in 2012, as well as the young Gold Cup squad in 2013. His transfer from Chivas of Guadalajara to Toluca also saw a rise in form from the 23 year old. He has been a key part of a Toluca squad that reached the CONCACAF Champions League final and that is currently in the Clasura 2014 semifinals fighting out a spot in the final with Leon.
Andres Guardado on the other hand, has had a forgettable last 12-18 months. His free transfer from Deportivo La Coruña to Valencia did not work out as good as each side had hoped. Guardado was first dropped from left winger to left back, and eventually taken off of the starting eleven. His playing time suffered significantly with Valencia, this was evident whenever he came to perform with the Mexican National Team. Despite the lack of playing time, he was still a key part of de la Torre's squad.
Ponce and Guardado were both fighting for a spot on the plane to Brazil, time on field was always going to be unlikely for both during the tournament as Miguel Layun seems to have that left wing-back position locked down. But Miguel Herrera seems to have opted to have European and World Cup experience sitting on the bench over the higher form of Miguel Ponce.