Blanco on Mexico roster for Bolivia exhibition

Blanco on Mexico roster for Bolivia exhibition

Published Feb. 18, 2010 10:38 p.m. ET

Former Chicago Fire forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco is among 18 players selected by Mexico coach Javier Aguirre for next Wednesday's exhibition against Bolivia in San Francisco.

The 37-year-old, who moved to second-division team Veracruz this season, played for El Tri in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups but was bypassed for the 2006 roster.

Aguirre also selected 21-year-old forward Javier Hernandez, who scored eight goals in the first five games for Chivas Guadalajara.

Only Mexico-based players were picked. El Tri then faces New Zealand in Pasadena, Calif., on March 3, when European clubs are required to release players to national teams,

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Luis Michel (Guadalajara), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey).

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Adrian Aldrete (Monarcas), Hugo Ayala (Atlas), Efrain Juarez (Pumas), Jonny Magallon (Guadalajara), Jorge Torres (Atlas)

Midfielders: Israel Castro (Pumas), Braulio Luna (San Luis), Luis Noriega (Puebla), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)

Forwards: Pablo Barrera (Pumas), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Enrique Esqueda (America), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara), Angel Reyna (America)