El Tri calls up Blanco, Hernandez

BY foxsports • March 30, 2010

Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Javier Hernandez have been put on the roster for Mexico's next four exhibition games along with 37-year-old goalkeeper Oscar Perez and forward Adolfo Bautista.

Blanco and Hernandez were dropped for last week's 0-0 tie against Iceland at Charlotte, N.C., when Bautista played his first match for Mexico since 2008.

Perez is hoping to appear in his third World Cup.

Mexico plays Ecuador on May 7 in the first professional game at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., then faces Senegal on May 10 at Chicago and Angola on May 13 at Houston before hosting Chile on May 16 in Mexico City.

Mexico figures to be without Europe-based players for the games in the U.S., including defenders Rafael Marquez, Hector Moreno, Ricardo Osorio, Francisco Javier Rodriguez and Carlos Salcido; midfielders Jonathan Dos Santos and Andres Guardado; and forwards Giovanni Dos Santos and Carlos Vela.

El Tri opens the World Cup on June 11 against host South Africa.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Luis Michel (Chivas), Guillermo Ochoa (America), Oscar Perez (Jaguares)

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM), Jonny Magallon (Chivas), Jorge Torres (Atlas). Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America)

Midfielders: Adrian Aldrete (Morelia), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Pablo Barrera (Pumas).

Forwards: Adolfo Bautista (Chivas), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), Javier Hernandez (Chivas). Alberto Medina (Chivas), Miguel Sabah (Morelia)

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