Gama, Gudino headline Mexico's under-20 World Cup squad
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Gama and Porto goalkeeper Raul Gudino will headline Mexico's under-20 squad at the World Cup later this month in New Zealand, it was announced on Friday.
Liga MX watchers will be familiar with names like Pachuca central midfielder Erick Gutierrez, fellow Tuzos winger Hirving Lozano, Queretaro midfielder Orbelin Pineda and Morelia's Erick Aguirre, who have all started regularly for their clubs at domestic level and were selected in the 22-player squad.
Mexico's U-20 squad for the World Cup in New Zealand is out: pic.twitter.com/rxBhBjTauT- ESPN Tri (@ESPNFCtri) May 8, 2015
Coach Sergio Almaguer named five players from Guadalajara club Chivas and five from Pachuca, with two from Queretaro and two from Club America.
Almaguer chose four goalkeepers, although one will miss out on actually going to the event.
El Tri is in Group D of the competition alongside Mali, Uruguay and Serbia and will begin the tournament against the African side on May 31 in Dunedin.
Mexico's team was knocked out by Spain in the Round of 16 stage of the 2013 version of the tournament and won the CONCACAF Championship back in January in Jamaica to qualify for this year's World Cup.
The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Raul Gudino (FC Porto), Edson Resendez (Monterrey), Antonio Torres (Chivas)
Defenders: Erick Aguirre (Morelia), Carlos Arreola (Atlas), Oscar Bernal (Santos Laguna), Rodrigo Gonzalez (Lobos BUAP), Kevin Gutierrez (Queretaro), Osvaldo Rodriguez (Pachuca)
Midfielders: Sergio Flores (Chivas), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Mauro Lainez (Pachuca), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Luis Marquez (Guadalajara), Orbelin Pineda (Queretaro), David Ramirez (Chivas), Victor Guzman (Chivas)
Forwards: Alejandro Diaz (Club America), Diego Gama (Atletico Madrid), Guillermo Martinez (Pachuca), Diego Pineda (Club America)