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El Tri: Memo Ochoa in, Carlos Vela out

September 26, 2013
By ESPN staff

AC Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa was included in a Mexico call-up by new coach Victor Manuel Vucetich for El Tri's World Cup qualifying matches next month, while Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela was left out.

Espanyol's Hector Moreno, Manchester United's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Villarreal's Giovani dos Santos and Javier Aquino were the other European league players included in the recall on Friday.

Vela reportedly turned down a call-up from former coach Jose Manuel de la Torre last month.

Mexico sits fifth in the CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying Hexagonal standings. El Tri hosts Panama on Oct. 11 before closing four days later in Costa Rica. Mexico will field its third coach in three Hex matches against Panama.

After the team's 2-1 Hex home loss to Honduras on Sept. 6, the team fired De la Torre. Luis Fernando Tena, one of De la Torre's top assistants, took the post on an interim basis, but in his first game at the helm Mexico suffered a 2-0 loss to the Americans on Sept. 10, leaving Mexico on the brink of not qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Mexico hired Vucetich two days later.

Vela, a 24-year-old striker, has not played for the national team since March 29, 2011, for a friendly against Venezuela.

"No one person is going to come in and change the world, or a national team," Vela said earlier this month. "I think it is the job of a lot of people, to do things in the best way and in that new process, with a new coach it will be seen whether it can or can’t be.

The team does not include the injured Angel Reyna and Jonathan Orozco.

The complete list of players called up includes:

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defense: Héctor Moreno (RCD Espanyol), Rafael Márquez and Johnny Magallón (León), Severo Meza and Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Miguel Layún (América), Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcido and Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)

Midfielders: Jesus Zavala (Monterrey), Lucas Lobos (Tigres), Luis Montes and Carlos Peña (León), Gerardo Torrado and Christian Giménez (Cruz Azul), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca) and Fernando Arce (Tijuana), Javier Aquino (Villarreal).

Forwards: Marco Fabián and Aldo de Nigris (Guadalajara), Damián Álvarez (Tigres), Raúl Jiménez (América) and Oribe Peralta (Santos), Javier Hernández (Manchester United FC), Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal)

Information from ESPN Deportes was used in this report.

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