Potential call-ups for Honduras match 

March, 8, 2013
03/08/13
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National team call-up time is upon us. Though Mexico coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre has jumped ahead and selected his group of Europe-based players who will suit up for El Tri on March 22 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, roster spots still remain before one of the team's most meaningful games since the 2011 Gold Cup final.

Anything other than a win against Honduras would mean that Mexico has squandered its first home and away matches in the short, 10-game World Cup-qualifying schedule, adding unnecessary pressure toward gaining a berth at Brazil 2014. It would also mean that Mexico has gone nearly two decades without a win in Honduras, a meaningful milestone for the proud Central American nation that already beat the U.S. men's national team in the opening Hexagonal match.

With key positional spots still available on Chepo's roster, here are five players who are in need of a big Liga MX weekend in order to lock down a place on the national team -- or at least warrant heavy consideration among El Tri's staff.

Adrian Aldrete, D, America

America's left back has been splendid of late, but Chepo has shied away from him since the Oct. 16 qualifier against El Salvador, instead plugging in Tigres' Jorge Torres Nilo. Both wingback positions were incredibly vulnerable against Jamaica, and although we may have seen the last of Aldrete's club teammate Paul Aguilar after his shoddy performance against the Reggae Boyz, Aldrete's mix of steady defending and incisive attacking is well worth a gamble.


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