LA Galaxy star Gio dos Santos named to Mexico squad to play Iceland Feb. 8 in Las Vegas

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From the press release:

The stellar list of Mexican players features seven FIFA World Cup veterans, including LA Galaxy’s 2016 top scorer Giovani dos Santos, national team captain and Atlas defender Rafa Marquez, and Cruz Azul Goalkeeper and Olympic Gold Medalist Jesús Corona –joined by fellow Cup veterans Alfredo Talavera, Jorge Torres Nilo, Hugo Ayala and Alan Pulido.

Also on the roster are top Liga MX stars, including Tigres midfielder Jürgen Damm and Pachuca forward Hirving Lozano, who was a key player in his team’s Clausura 2016 title victory.

Here’s the full roster:

Goalkeepers: Hugo González (Monterrey), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders: Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Rafael Márquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Club Santos), Jesús Gallardo (Pumas), Oswaldo Alanís (Chivas Guadalajara), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Jürgen Damm (Tigres), Raúl López (Pachuca)

Midfielders: Jesús Molina (Monterrey), Jesús Dueñas (Tigres), Edson Álvarez (Club América), Orbelín Pineda (Chivas Guadalajara), Érick Gutiérrez (Pachuca)

Forwards: Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy/EE.UU.), Luis Montes (Club León), Angel Zaldivar (Chivas Guadalajara), Alan Pulido (Chivas Guadalajara), Hirving Lozano (Club Pachuca), Elías Hernandez (Club León)

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Weekend TV Preview: World Cup qualifying and USMNT, Mexico exhibitions

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Club América and Pumas UNAM derby at StubHub Center in Carson Saturday is a sell-out

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A capacity crowd is expected Saturday at 24,500-seat StubHub Center for an exhibition game Saturday between the two Mexico City clubs. Presumably that also means tickets for the grass berm at one end of the station, which can add another 2,500 people to the capacity have also been sold out.

From the press release:

“Starting at 2 p.m. Club América fans will be able to enjoy a Fiesta Futbolera outside the stadium that will feature trophies, official mascot, former players, live music, food, interactive sponsor activations, and the Mexico vs. New Zealand game on a jumbotron.”

Does that mean fans of the opposing team are not welcome?

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Weekend SoCal Soccer Preview: Galaxy, Sounders FC, Leicester City, Arsenal, PSG and Chivas

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Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez meets with Mexican national team

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez met with the Mexican national soccer team before the team's Copa America Centenario game against Jamaica on Thursday. (Photo courtesy @miseleccionmx/Twitter)

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez met with the Mexican national soccer team before the team’s Copa America Centenario game against Jamaica on Thursday. (Photo courtesy @miseleccionmx/Twitter)

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez met the Mexican national team in Los Angeles before the team’s Copa America game against Jamaica at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

See the Mexican-American baseball player’s meet-and-greet with the team via Facebook live.

El Tri clinched a spot in the quarterfinals as Javier Hernandez scored to pull within one of tying Mexico’s all-time scoring record.

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Mexico, Jamaica finish Rose Bowl’s Copa America Centenario slate

Mexico, seen celebrating a goal during its 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Sunday, has won 20 consecutive international matches. (Ross D. Franklin/The Associated Press)

Mexico, seen celebrating a goal during its 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Sunday, has won 20 consecutive international matches. (Ross D. Franklin/The Associated Press)

The Mexican national team will feel right at home in Pasadena on Thursday night in front of what is expected to be a large, overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd at the Rose Bowl.

After a 3-1 victory over Uruguay, Mexico will play CONCACAF foe Jamaica at 7 p.m. with a chance to clinch a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal berth. If El Tri wins, they secure a top-two finish in Group C.

The game is a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup final when Mexico won 3-1 in front of yet another boisterous green, red and white-clad crowd in Philadelphia.

“Every time we play here in the United States, we are very privileged,” Mexico defender Hector Moreno said in Spanish. “We are very blessed to have the support of the people here. Whether it’s in Los Angeles or any major (U.S.) city, they come to support us. We take that as extra motivation rather than that being a disadvantage (for other teams).”

The stakes for Jamaica are high as the island nation would be eliminated from quarterfinal contention with a loss. However, Jamaica forward Giles Barnes, who plays for the Houston Dynamo, said the potential for elimination is not on the team’s radar.

“We’ve got the fire in our belly from the Gold Cup final,” he said. “We’re thinking that we’re going to be here for the long run.”

Mexico has a 20-game unbeaten streak, the longest active streak in the world. The Reggae Boyz have only four wins against Mexico in their history, with the most recent coming in 2008 in World Cup Qualifying. Playing in its second straight Copa America, Jamaica has yet to earn a single point in a Copa match. The team lost 1-0 to Venezuela in its opening game this year and lost all three of its group games in 2015 by the same score.

There is a difficult task ahead, but Jamaica coach Winfried Schaefer said his team is not afraid of the challenge. He remembers how his team was able to sway some of the Mexican supporters at last year’s Gold Cup and earn their applause by the end of the match. He hopes the game in the Rose Bowl will end with similar praise, but a different result.

“I hope after one hour, the Mexico people come to us,” Schaefer said. “It’s possible.”

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