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02/21/2014
 

There are two California born players in the Mexico squad to face Nigeria. The FMF announced their squad which will face the Super Eagles on March 5th in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome in what will be the only official FIFA date before the start of the World Cup in Brazil.


Included in the Mexico call-up are two players who were born in the United States to Mexican parents; Isaac Brizuela and Miguel Ponce. Both player currently with Liga MX side Toluca.


Both "Conejito" Brizuela and Ponce are long shots to make the final 23-man roster for Mexico, but both have been on superb form lately and play in key positions that manager Miguel Herrera is looking to fill.


Miguel Ponce, 24 is a left back/ left wing back, born in Sacramento, Calif. He came up the Chivas of Guadalajara youth system and now plays with Toluca. Ponce was part of the historic Mexican U-23 team that won the Olympic Gold Medal in the 2012 London Games. In his position Club America’s Miguel Layun seems like a lock, but due to Andres Guardado’s dip in form a spot could be up for the taking.


Isaac Brizuela, 23 is an attacking midfielder, born in San Jose, Calif. He made his professional debut with Toluca at the age of 19 and is still with the club, now a regular starter. Mexican National Team manager Miguel Herrera debuted Brizuela in last month’s friendly against South Korea where the young California native shined in midfield dribbling at defenders and creating some dangerous situations for the strikers.


Other Mexican Americans like Brizuela and Ponce that could end up playing in the world’s most important event are Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco, and Jose Torres.

All of these would be with the United States Men’s National Team though.
 
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