Mexico coach Hector Herrera will use Wednesday’s friendly with Nigeria in Atlanta as an audition for his Europe-based players. The match represents the first time that Herrera has included those playing outside of Mexico after eschewing the opportunity to do so for the World Cup playoff with New Zealand last November and then being unable to do so in the friendly with South Korea in January. It is also the last chance that Herrera will get to see them before he names his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup on May 13.
Given the woeful struggles that the team, centered around its stars from across the Atlantic, endured during 2013 and the improvement witnessed against New Zealand and South Korea, several once certain starters for El Tri now have plenty to prove.
Not least Javier…
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