Pumas defender Luis Fuentes had been called up to the Mexican National team for the first time ever, according to a Fox Sports report.
The 29-year old left back has been one of the most reliable in his position, an area that newly appointed Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio is willing to explore new options. In the past, Miguel Layun has been the go to player for El Tri in that position, but Osorio has hinted that he has other plans for Layun, who is not a natural left back.
Fox Sports first reported Fuentes’ possible inclusion on October 30, and reporter Ruben Rodriguez confirmed it today on Twitter.
— Rubén Rodríguez (@ruubenrod) November 4, 2015
With a number of options at his disposal, and the inclination to bring in some fresh faces, Osorio has a perfect opportunity to fine tune a Mexican squad that had been performing well under Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti, culminating in a big win over their rival, the United States, in October.
Last year, Eduardo Herrera earned a call under then head coach Miguel Herrera, but struggled to secure a permanent position in Mexico’s attack. Fuentes will have the same pressure, with a number of players fighting for a chance for minutes with El Tri.
Fuentes’ selection is unconfirmed, however, Osorio’s list is expected to be released Thursday, November 5.