Mexico Copa America squad review: Big names left out of El Tri lineup

The provisional 30-man Mexico Copa America squad has been announced, with some big names missing out already, such as Guillermo Ochoa, Julian Araujo, Hirving Lozano and Raul Jimenez.

They will be aiming to win their first Copa America title at the 11th attempt, having been runners up twice. They are fancied to top a Group B containing Ecuador, Jamaica and Venezuela, after qualifying for the tournament via their performance in the CONCACAF Nations League.

Hirving Lozano is among the big names to miss out in Mexico's squad for the Copa America – Photo by Icon Sport

Mexico – Key facts

Year founded: 1923

Current FIFA ranking: 14

Highest FIFA ranking: 4

Year of Copa America debut: 1993

Best Copa America performance: Runners up (1993, 2001)

Player to watch: Santiago Gimenez

Full Mexico Copa America squad

Goalkeeper

  • Raul Rangel
  • Julio Gonzalez
  • Carlos Acevedo

Defence

  • Israel Reyes
  • Jorge Sanchez
  • Brian Garcia
  • Cesar Montes
  • Victor Guzman
  • Alexis Pena
  • Johan Vasquez
  • Jesus Orozco
  • Gerardo Arteaga
  • Bryan Gonzalez

Midfield

  • Edson Alvarez
  • Luis Romo
  • Jordan Carrillo
  • Erick Sanchez
  • Orbelin Pineda
  • Roberto Alvarado
  • Luis Chavez
  • Andres Montano
  • Fernando Beltran
  • Carlos Rodriguez

Attack

  • Marcelo Flores
  • Cesar Huerta
  • Julian Quinones
  • Santiago Gimenez
  • Alexis Vega
  • Uriel Antuna
  • Guillermo Martinez

Surprise inclusions in Mexico Copa America squad

Carlos Acevedo

Acevedo was not originally called up to the provisional squad by head coach Jaime Lozano, as Luis Malagon was in the original selection of goalkeepers. However, the Club America shot-stopper, who was widely expected to be Mexico's number one in the tournament, has unfortunately had to pull out through injury. The more experienced Ochoa could have been called up in his place, but Lozano has opted for Acevedo.

Jorge Sanchez

Leaving out Araujo, a promising right-back from FC Barcelona who impressed on loan at Las Palmas in a moderately successful 2023/24 campaign, was a bold move by Lozano. In this instance, Sanchez is perhaps lucky to have been picked ahead of him, as the right-back was in and out of a FC Porto team that fell 18 points short of champions Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga season just gone.

Edson Alvarez
Edson Alvarez is a key player for Mexico – SUSA – Photo by Icon Sport

In-form players for Mexico

Edson Alvarez

Alvarez has enjoyed a fine first season in the Premier League with West Ham, as he helped them to another top-half finish and another decent run in Europe. The Hammers lost their best player, Declan Rice, to a £105m move to Arsenal last summer, and it is safe to say that Alvarez has filled the big gap left behind in central midfield.

Santiago Gimenez

Gimenez was in blistering form for Feyenoord this campaign, so much so that he has attracted some big names in this summer's transfer window. The striker notched up an impressive 26 goals across 41 appearances in total, and made a further eight assists in a season that saw Feyenoord clinch the KNVB Cup.

Gimenez hits ball
Gimenez is Mexico's chief danger – Photo by Icon Sport

Mexico Predicted Copa America XI

Mexico vs Jamaica

(4-2-3-1) Gonzalez, Reyes, Guzman, Vasquez, Arteaga, Alvarez, Chavez, Antuna, Rodriguez, Quinones, Gimenez

Lozano operated a 4-2-3-1 system in two friendlies played earlier in June. As such, we think that he will stick with the same system, and most of the personnel should be the same from their last friendly, which brought a 3-2 defeat to Brazil.

But we think that Alvarez will at least move from the centre-back role he occupied against the Selecao to his more familiar midfield position.

Mexico vs Venezuela

(4-2-3-1) Gonzalez, Reyes, Guzman, Vasquez, Arteaga, Alvarez, Chavez, Antuna, Rodriguez, Quinones, Gimenez

Unless there are any injuries or suspensions, we do not expect the personnel or system to change, as Mexico move from their opener against Jamaica to their second group match against Venezuela. One debate will be who starts in goal in the absence of the injured Malagon, but Gonzalez has started twice so far in June.

Mexico vs Ecuador

(4-2-3-1) Gonzalez, Reyes, Guzman, Vasquez, Arteaga, Alvarez, Chavez, Antuna, Rodriguez, Quinones, Gimenez

Mexico's toughest game of the group could come in their last against Ecuador, and so we expect Lozano to name his strongest XI possible. There may be debates over certain positions, but key men like Alvarez and Gimenez are certain starters.


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