Mexico has determined that Andres Guardado and Rafa Marquez are fit enough to play in Saturday's CONCACAF Cup and has named them to the final roster for the match against the United States. Both were listened on El Tri's original roster, but that team included 25 players and they had to cut it by two. Having determined that the duo are, in fact, fit, they made the final cut.
One player who will not be on the team to take on the U.S. is Giovani dos Santos. Originally named to the roster, dos Santos picked up an injury while playing for the LA Galaxy on Sunday and has been ruled out for the match.
Guardado and Marquez both suffered injuries in recent weeks and, originally, were ruled out through the CONCACAF Cup. Neither was supposed to be able to play, but both recovered faster than expected and got into contention. They were named to the original roster, with manager Tuca Ferretti taking as much time as possible to confirm their fitness, but he had to make a decision by Monday and he has, including them both.
Carlos Pena and Miguel Angel Herrera were dropped from the Mexico team in lieu of Guardado and Marquez. No replacement has been named for dos Santos yet, but El Tri are going to have a very strong team regardless, something that looked unlikely a week ago when injuries threatened to derail things.
Goalkeepers: Moises Munoz, Alfredo Talavera, Jonathan Orozco
Midfielders: Jose Juan Vazquez, Hector Herrera, Javier Aquino, Carlos Esquivel, Andres Guardado, Jonathan dos Santos, Jesus Corona
Forwards: Oribe Peralta, Raul Jimenez, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela