Mexico name 17-player preliminary squad

MEXICO CITY - Goalkeeper Oscar Perez received a surprise call-up by Mexico on Tuesday that virtually guaranteed him a place at the World Cup.

The 37-year-old veteran of the 1998 and 2002 finals who last played for Mexico in a June 2009 qualifier was named in a squad of 17 home-based players by coach Javier Aguirre.

Aguirre said last week he would name three goalkeepers and they would all go to the finals that kick off on June 11 when Mexico face hosts South Africa.

Also on Aguirre's list are forwards Adolfo Bautista and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who will be going to their third finals if they make it into the coach's 23-man tournament squad, which he plans to announce on June 1.

Mexico have a long list of warm-up matches, starting with three in the United States against Ecuador on May 7, Senegal on May 10 and Angola on May 13 followed by Chile at the Azteca in Mexico City on May 16.


Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (America), Luis Ernesto Michel (Guadalajara), Oscar Perez (Chiapas)

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM), Jonny Magallon (Guadalajara), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America), Jorge Torres Nilo (Atlas), Adrian Aldrete (Morelia)

Midfielders: Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM)

Forwards: Pablo Barrera (Pumas UNAM), Adolfo Bautista (Guadalajara), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Miguel Sabah (Morelia), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara).

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