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Belarus vs Mexico International Friendly

Yesterday (November 15th) Mexico arrived at Belarus as they prepare for their next friendly match on Tuesday November 18th. As Miguel Herrera and company posts pictures on Twitter one thing is certain, it's going to be a cold atmosphere on game day.

Herrera, today, announced the starting players for this match:

Alfredo Talavera, Paúl Aguilar, Hugo Rodríguez, Julio César Domínguez , Luis Gerardo Venegas, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Jonathan Dos Santos, Jesús Manuel Corona, Poncho, Giovani Dos Santos and Raúl Jiménez

The first word that comes to mind is: experiment, however I can sense Miguel has a plan in place. I’m sure he wants to be able to test this group of players ability to play at a national level (especially the defense) in order to find out who will be apart of the varsity team in 2015. I say varsity because it will be the team that will be responsible for the most important tournament in 2015. (In a future post, I’ll speak about this.) At any case in the starting 11, I see a strong midfield and an offense that has the ability to score many goals.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Raúl or Gio find the back of the net early in the game and it would be the best case scenario. As it will be important for this group to take control early on as if it looks to be close then Miguel will have no other option than to start bringing on Guradado, Vela, Chicharito which would limit these players play time. (which would affect decisions on future call ups and those that will make the varsity team) I want to see Jonathan have more touches on the ball as in the few minutes he played against Holland he didn’t have many opportunities. Lastly, I hope Gio Dos Santos gets the captain's armband as he has the most caps and experience amongst the 11. He also deserves to have this responsibility as he has been nothing but loyal to El Tri.     

Match Day Info:

Match date/time: Tuesday, 12 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. ET

Venue: Borisov Arena, Borisov, Belarus

TV: ESPN News (U.S. - English), Univision Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), Azteca 7/Televisa 5 (Mexico)

Online: Watch ESPN (U.S. - English), Univision Deportes en vivo (U.S. - Spanish)

Complete roster for both teams:


Goalkeepers (2): Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca/Mexico)

Defenders (8): Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul/Mexico), Enrique Perez (Atlas/Mexico), Luis Venegas (Atlas/Mexico), Paul Aguilar (America/Mexico), Miguel Ponce (Toluca/Mexico), Miguel Herrera (Pachuca/Mexico), Oswaldo Alanis (Santos Laguna/Mexico), Diego Reyes (Porto/Portugal)

Midfielders (7): Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mexico), Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain), Adrian Aldrete (Santos Laguna/Mexico), Hector Herrera (Porto/Portugal), Jesus Corona (Twente/Netherlands), Andres Guardado (PSV/Netherlands), Alfonso Gonzalez (Atlas/Mexico)

Forwards (4): Raul Jimenez (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain), Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid/Spain), Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain)


Goalkeepers (3): Yuri Zhevnov (Torpedo, Russia); Aleksandr Gutor (Dinamo Minsk); Sergei Chernik (BATE Borísov)

Defenders (8): Aleksandr Martynovich (Krasnodar, Russia); Sergei Politevich (Dinamo Minsk); Aleksei Yanushkevich (FC Shakhtyor); Serguey Matveychik (FC Shakhtyor); Denís Polyakov (BATE Borísov); Maksim Volodko (BATE Borísov); Maksim Bordachev (FC Rostov, Russia); Sergei Balanovich (Shakhtyor Soligorsk, Russia)

Midfielders (9): Stanislav Dragun (Samara, Russia); Timofei Kalachev (FC Rostov, Russia); Sergei Kislyak (Rubin Kazan, Russia); Ilya Aleksievich (BATE Borísov); Ígor Stasevich (Dynamo Moscow); Anton Putsila (Torpedo Moscow, Russia); Pavel Nekhaychik (Tomsk, Russia); Sergei Krivets (Metz, France); Mikhail Sivakov (Chernomorets Odessa, Ukraine)

Forwards (3): Nikolai Signevich (BATE Borísov); Sergei Kornilenko (PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara); Mikhail Gordeychuk (BATE Borísov)

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