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Fabian is among 18 players summoned by Mexico for friendly against US next week
Associated Press
2014-03-28 06:01 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Marco Fabian was among 18 players summoned by Mexico on Thursday for a friendly against the United States next week.

Fabian, a midfielder who helped Mexico win the gold medal in the London Olympics, has not played for Mexico since August, when he received 13 minutes against Ivory Coast in a friendly.

After off-field controversies, Fabian barely played for Mexico after the London Games, but his six goals in 11 matches in the Clausura for league leader Cruz Azul have been enough to convince national coach Miguel Herrera.

Mexico meets the U.S. on Wednesday in Phoenix.

Herrera also chose Rogelio Chavez, a left back having a great season with Cruz Azul, but left off goalkeeper Jesus Corona, a regular in the World Cup qualifiers.

On April 2, Cruz Azul plays Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals and manager Luis Fernando Tena asked Herrera to keep Corona.

Also, Herrera did not select striker Oribe Peralta, another regular in the qualifiers. The Mexican federation said Peralta has "personal issues" and asked not to be called up.

Mexico's squad has seven players from America, Herrera's former team.

Leon has three, among them captain Rafael Marquez.

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Mexico:

Goalkeepers: Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Moises Munoz (America).

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (America), Miguel Layun (America), Miguel Angel Ponce (Toluca), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (America), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America), Rogelio Chavez (Cruz Azul), Rafael Marquez (Leon), Enrique Perez (Atlas).

Midfielders: Jesus Zavala (Monterrey), Juan Carlos Medina (America), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Carlos Pena (Leon), Luis Montes (Leon).

Forwards: Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Raul Jimenez (America).

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