Mexico calls up Marquez, Blanco

BY foxsports • February 25, 2010

Key defender Rafael Marquez and playmaker Cuauhtemoc Blanco have been named by Mexico coach Javier Aguirre for the March 3 World Cup warmup game against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Barcelona defender Marquez will anchor Mexico's defense with Blanco, now playing with Veracruz in the Mexican second-division, charged with finding openings for his speedy forwards.

Aguirre on Thursday also called up young midfielder Andres Guardado of Spanish club Deportivo for the match featuring two teams that have qualified for this year's World Cup in South Africa.

New Zealand named its team on Wednesday, which included Scotland-based defender Steven Old. He was added to the squad in place of injured captain Ryan Nelsen.

Mexico Squad:

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

Defenders: Efrain Juarez (UNAM), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart, Germany), Hector Moreno (Az Alkmaar, Netherlands), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona, Spain).

Midfielders: Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (UNAM), Andres Guardado (La Coruna, Spain), Jonathan Dos Santos (Barcelona, Spain), Luis Miguel Noriega (Puebla) Braulio Luna (San Luis).

Forwards: Aldo Jesus De Nigris (Monterrey), Carlos Vela (Arsenal, England), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara), Giovanni Dos Santos (Galatasaray, Turkey), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz).

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