In case there was any doubt about the generational change that coach Gerardo Martino predicted from the beginning of his administration, the current call-up of the Mexican National Team is proof that the team smells new. Of the 28 players to face Canada, Honduras and El Salvador on this FIFA Date between Thursday of this week and Wednesday of the next, 16 do not accumulate even 5 games in qualifying, and many of them live their first search for a ticket to the World Cup at Concacaf.
The only elements that have extensive experience in the Mexican National Team in Concacaf playoff games are Guillermo Ochoa, Héctor Moreno, Andrés Guardado and Héctor Herrera, who have 20 or more games played.
Among the 28 players that Martino called for this occasion there are footballers who live their first tie and incidentally added their first games when Mexico faced Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama on the previous FIFA Date last September. In the duel against Jamaica, Jorge Sánchez, Luis Romo, Roberto Alvarado, Sebastián Córdova, Alexis Vega, Rogelio Funes Mori, Carlos Rodríguez, Henry Martín and Uriel Antuna debuted in a knockout game.
For this second FIFA Date of the Concacaf tie, in which Days 4, 5 and 6 of a total of 14 will be played, Johan Vásquez, Chaka Rodríguez, Osvaldo Rodríguez or Rodolfo Cota could debut, who are the only ones who do not have been active in a duel for a ticket to a World Cup.