Not only have Pumas returned to being one of the best teams in Mexico, but their performance has drawn the attention of the Mexican National Team staff, specifically head coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
Luis Fuentes and Alejandro Castro have received a call to represent Mexico in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiying games against El Salvador and Honduras.
Fuentes, 29, has recieved his first call to El Tri, and will be competing for time at the defensive left back position. It’s rumored that Osorio has other plans for Miguel Layun, who was the regular in that spot.
Castro, 28, makes a return to the national team, having last played on the international level in the 2013 Gold Cup. He’s a holding midfielder and will have to battle the likes of Jose Juan Vazquez.
Mexico hosts El Salvador at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Friday, November 13, and face Honduras in San Pedro Sula Tuesday, November 17.
Here is the full list of players called for the games against El Salvador and Honduras:
Moises Muñoz (Club America/Mexico); Alfredo Talavera (Toluca/Mexico); Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain)
Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Miguel Layun (FC Porto/Portugal); Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad/Spain); Hugo Ayala (Tigres/Mexico); Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas/Mexico); Luis Fuentes (Pumas/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico)
Hector Herrera (Porto, Portugal); Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven; Netherlands); Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mexico); Javier Aquino (Tigres/Mexico); Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/ Spain); Alejandro Castro (Pumas/Mexico); Jurgen Damm (Tigres/Mexico); Carlos Alberto “Gullit” Peña (Leon/Mexico); Carlos Esquivel (Toluca/Mexico); Jesus “Tecatito” Corona (Porto/Portugal);
Oribe Peralta (Club America/Mexico); Raul Jimenez (Benfica/Portugal); Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain); Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany);