The Mexican Federation announced what it expects to be its Olympic team on Wednesday, but not without some surprises.
Coach Luis Tena's 18-man group will begin training on Monday and leave for Europe on July 9th after a friendly with newly-promoted Mexican Premier League team Leon. In Europe, the team will face off in high-profile friendlies against fellow medal candidates Great Britain and Spain, before a final tuneup in England against Japan.
But first, the team will train together for a couple of weeks in Mexico City. Most of the squad is already familiar after more than a year of preparation, but there were a few notable absences and changes as Tena and company finally get down to the serious business of bringing home that Olympic medal. Mexico has until July 9th to make changes, but barring any injuries or unexpected late nights out, this is El Tri's long-awaited Olympic team.
Let's run through the roster:
There wasn't much intrigue in this department, as Tena chose two players that have long been auxiliary parts of the team, and a third who had already been named by his club. Oribe Peralta played the Copa America and Pan-Am Games with the U-23s, and Corona Rodriguez backstopped the successful Pan-Am Games effort. Tigres had already announced via Twitter last week that veteran defender Carlos Salcido would be included.