How El Tri will build its Olympic roster 

April, 5, 2012

The qualifying games have been played, the mission accomplished. Mexico's U-23s are the champions of CONCACAF, and with their ticket to the 2012 Games secure, the only thing left for Luis Tena and El Tri's now aptly-named Olympic Team is to keep practicing and decide on a final roster.

The Mexicans rolled over the competition on their way to the CONCACAF final, and they're looking like a candidate to do some serious damage in London. But with Mexico through to the Olympic finals after an exasperating eight-year wait, there has already been a ton of speculation as to exactly what that team will look like when it gets to England.

Some adjustments may be needed if El Tri is to accomplish its goal of reaching the medal podium. With the additions of the permitted three overage players, and some reinforcements from European clubs that as yet haven't let their players loose for the U-23s (but now will be compelled by FIFA to do so), this team could feasibly get much better.

The question is, just how much will Tena revamp a team that's playing very well? There seem to be two schools of thought on the issue: Let the guys who got you there get the run-out in the Games, or field the best team possible.

Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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