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Interim head coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's has named his roster for the two upcoming friendlies against Uruguay and the United States; the average age of the squad is 24. El Tri is coming off a confusing and a bit of a disappointing World Cup performance after not being able to go past the round-of-16 after surprising the world by beating Germany then Korea; self destructing against Sweden and finally losing to a strong Brazil team.
Some of the notable names not on the list that were in the 2018 World Cup are Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela, Miguel Layun, and Hector Moreno to name a few. These players aren't necessarily out of the national team but it is time to look to future and see how developed Mexico's youngsters are especially the ones in Liga MX. The team has a lot of older players that will be coming towards the end of their careers in four years and a change will be required at some point between now and Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
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Some of the promising young talented players are Club America's Diego Lainez (18 years old) who everyone has been raving about and also joining him is his teammate Edson Alvarez (20). Monterrey's Jonathan Gonzalez (19) and Cruz Azul's Roberto Alvarado (19) who is currently playing for the best team in Liga MX. Can one of these players be the next breakout star like Hirving "Chucky" Lozano? There's no point in not using these matches both to test them and encourage them.
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This young squad Ferretti squad could be what is to come for El Tri whether Ferretti becomes the full time head coach or the Mexican federation decides to go with someone else; nonetheless it will be interesting to see how the youngster matchup against Uruguay and United States who will also be taking a young squad with an average of 23.
The post Juan Carlos Osorio era will start this week with El Tri facing Uruguay on Sept. 7 in Houston, TX then the United States four days later on Sept. 11 in Nashville, TN.