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In typical Piojo fashion, Miguel Herrera has delivered his starting XI ahead of schedule for Mexico vs. Belarus on Tuesday, fielding seven from Liga MX, three from La Liga, and one from the Dutch Eredivisie.
Miguel Herrera names Liga MX - heavy Mexico XI to face Belarus
11/16/2014
 
Mexico national team in Belarus

In typical Piojo fashion, Miguel Herrera has delivered his starting XI ahead of schedule for Mexico vs. Belarus on Tuesday, fielding seven players from Liga MX, three from La Liga, and one from the Dutch Eredivisie. 


This squad has a few new faces compared to the starters against the Netherlands, including Twente's Jesus 'Tecatito' Corona, who provided an assist to Carlos Vela's second goal for El Tri only a minute or two after coming on as a sub in the 61st minute for Miguel Herrera. 


Hugo Rodriguez and Miguel Ponce will start after coming on as subs in the 88th minute for Jose Vasquez and Andres Guardado; and Alfredo Talavera, Julio Dominguez, and Luis Venegas will receive their first defensive starts in Mexico's last friendly campaign of 2014. 


Raul Jimenez will also play a starting role up top with Gio Dos Santos. Jimenez came on as a 77th minute sub for Javier Hernandez against the Netherlands, but hasn't seen much time at the club level with Atletico Madrid -- the reigning Spanish-league champions purchased the striker from Club America after the World Cup, but haven't thoroughly used him since. 


While a majority of El Tri's European stars will sit out or come off the bench, it marks the first time both Dos Santos brothers have ever started a national team match together under Piojo's reign. The duo started at the club level for Villarreal two weeks ago as well, which was another first-time event. 


Mexico's full list of starters (5-3-2): 


Alfredo Talavera; Paul Aguilar, Hugo Rodriguez, Julio Dominguez, Luis Venegas, Miguel Ponce; Jonathan Dos Santos, Jesus 'Tecatito' Corona, Arturo 'Poncho' Gonzalez;  Gio Dos Santos, RaulJimenez. 

 
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