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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Nov. 9-11 31957996 Mexicans Abroad Mexicans+Abroad Mexico Primera Division

Mexico interim coach Miguel Herrera made a bold decision when he named his 23-man roster for the World Cup playoff against New Zealand: he omitted every last one of his foreign-based players. It is a controversial and risky gambit designed to foster team unity at the expense of individual quality.

 

This edition of Mexicans Abroad focuses on six players who could have helped El Tri qualify for Brazil if only Herrera had chosen to include them in his plans.
 

-- Kyle McCarthy

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Nov. 9-11 31959973 Javier Hernández, Manchester United striker Javier+Hern%26aacute%3Bndez%2C+Manchester+United+striker Mexico Primera Division

Herrera opted to leave his best poacher out for a series that could turn on one or two goals. He could argue Hernandez's wastefulness during the course of this year placed El Tri in this position in the first place (and he might have a case), but the decision to omit the Manchester United striker only compounds the issue. Hernandez's ability in front of goal – even if only used as a substitute – would prove useful for a side that looks a bit too reliant on the brittle Oribe Peralta in Chicarito’s absence.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Nov. 9-11 31959974 Giovani dos Santos, Villarreal midfielder Giovani+dos+Santos%2C+Villarreal+midfielder Mexico Primera Division

A candid assessment of the state of Mexican soccer placed Giovani's status in doubt even if Herrera opted to introduce a foreign-based legion. His playing credentials remain impeccable, though. The clever schemer excels for Villarreal on a weekly basis and plays a key role in the recently promoted side's continued success upon its top-flight return. His ability has not always translated into effective displays at the international level, but his injury – particularly in light of the selection issues in his likely role on the left side of the midfield triangle – could hurt if Mexico struggles to carve out chances in the final third.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Nov. 9-11 31959972 Héctor Moreno, Espanyol defender H%26eacute%3Bctor+Moreno%2C+Espanyol+defender Mexico Primera Division

Moreno's exclusion creates perhaps the most problems given his exalted status within a shallow defensive pool. The reported Barcelona target combines athleticism and positional sense as he performs his usual duties in the heart of the Espanyol defense. He established himself as a regular first-choice under the previous regimes, yet Herrera saw fit to discard him. The frailty of the current options (as shown in the 4-2 victory over Finland) and the need for an extra central defender in Herrera's 5-3-2 setup raises questions about his altogether puzzling omission.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Nov. 9-11 31959028 Diego Reyes, FC Porto defender Diego+Reyes%2C+FC+Porto+defender Mexico Primera Division

Previous regimes assessed Reyes and ultimately discarded him after he sputtered when provided with opportunities to impress. His intermittent first-team action at Porto hardly recommends him for a two-legged World Cup playoff, but his considerable experience in Herrera's 5-3-2 formation made him a potential option in this revamped squad. Herrera's reluctance to embrace alternatives ultimately left him out in the cold once again, though.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Nov. 9-11 31959975 Guillermo Ochoa, Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo+Ochoa%2C+Ajaccio+goalkeeper Mexico Primera Division

The former Mexico number one provides the last line of defense between Ajaccio and a place in Ligue 2. His displays this season have not matched the lofty standards required to tempt elite European clubs, but he remains a goalkeeper capable of snatching a result in any given match. His considerable confidence in his own abilities presents some issues, though: he isn't willing to play second fiddle to Jesús Corona, Moisés Muñoz (Herrera's preferred number one) or any other goalkeeper with the national team. Herrera sidestepped the issue by leaving him out entirely.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Nov. 9-11 31959027 Javier Aquino, Villarreal midfielder Javier+Aquino%2C+Villarreal+midfielder Mexico Primera Division

Aquino's case for inclusion isn't as clear-cut as his colleagues. He isn't a dominant force in La Liga yet, but he continues to improve with each passing week. His increasingly common presence in the Villarreal lineup offers further justification for his El Tri return based upon his recent uptick in form. One caveat to his exclusion: there isn't really a place for the lively right winger in the 5-3-2 setup Herrera prefers.

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