Posted on June 21, 2012
MEXICO CITY – Mexican Olympic coach Luis Fernando Tena named overage selections Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), defender Carlos Salcido (Tigres) and forward Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna) to the country’s 18-man roster for the London Olympics.
They will join Tottenham striker Giovani dos Santos, a regular on the full national side, on the team. Dos Santos was the only player selected not with a Mexican club. Salcido and Peralta also have had regular appearances with the full team.
Javier (Chicharito) Hernandez, who had expressed interest, was not released by his team Manchester United and Under-23 players Jonathan Dos Santos (Barcelona) and Carlos Vela (Arsenal) asked not to be considered to remain with their club sides, according to the Mexican Football Federation.
Dos Santos was one of three forwards chosen along with Raúl Jímenez (America) and Peralta.
The players will gather on June 27 before facing newly promoted Leon in a friendly on July 5. El Tri will travel to Spain four days later, train in Marbella and play the British Olympic team there on July 15, and Spain in Cadiz three days later.
The Mexicans will have one final preparation friendly against Japan in Nottingham, England on July 21, before beginning the Olympic tournament against South Korea in Newcastle on July 26.
Goalkeepers: Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), José Antonio Rodríguez (CD Guadalajara)
Defenders: Israel Jiménez (Tigres UANL), Carlos Salcido (Tigres UANL), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Darvin Chávez (Monterrey), Diego Reyes (América), Néstor Vidrio (Pachuca), Miguel Ponce (CD Guadalajara), Néstor Araujo (Cruz Azul)
Midfielders: Héctor Herrera (Pachuca), Javier Cortés (Pumas UNAM), Marco Fabián (CD Guadalajara), Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul), Jorge Enríquez (CD Guadalajara)
Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Raúl Jímenez (América), Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham)
Photo: Giovani dos Santos will play for Mexico in the Olympics, but his brother will not. Photo by Joy Rubenstein
Categories: Mexico, North America, Olympic Qualifying
Tags: 2012 London Olympics, Carlos Salcido, Carlos Vela, Chichairto, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernandez, Oribe Peralta, Tottenham