Bolivia will travel to San Francisco, California, to take on the Aztecas of Mexico. The match will be played on Thursday evening at 3Com Park (Formally known as Candlestick Park). Mexico has begun their World Cup preliminaries matches, starting with a victory over Colombia on Sunday, in the Estadio Azteca of Mexico City. Bolivia is bringing an experimental squad, to help reformat their disappointing performance in the South American World Cup qualifiers.
TEAM NEWS AND FORMGUIDE
Bolivia: FIFA Rank: 70
National team coach Carlos Trucco has called for 19 players from the Bolivian domestic leagues to participate in this match. Some have rumoured that Trucco would contact both Jamie Moreno and Marco Etcheverry, because of they both play in the US. However, the team has been together since May 8th and hasn't been any word from Washington D.C. that the two would play. Bolivia has only beaten Mexico once in their last 6 meetings and that was when the Bolivians hosted the 97 Copa America. This match will be a very difficult for the Bolivians to take the match from the Mexicans.
Goalkeepers: Carlos Arias (Blooming), Jose Carlo Fernandez (Bolivar)
Defenders: Percy Colque (Bolivar), Miguel Hoyos (Oriente Petrolero), Yonny Nay (Wilstermann), Neil Rivero (Guabira), Oscar Sanchez (Bolivar), Eduardo Jiguchi (Wilstermann)
Midfielders: Edgar Olivares (Bolivar), Franz Calustro (Union Central), Limberg Gutierrez (Blooming), Raul Gutierrez (Blooming), Diego Bengolea (San Jose), Javier Guzman (Wilstermann), Miguel Mercado (Bolivar)
Forwards: Gonzalo Galindo (Bolivar), Augusto Andaveris (Wilstermann), Lider Paz (Oriente Petrolero), Jose Alfredo Castillo (Oriente Petrolero)
Mexico: FIFA Rank: 7
Javier "El Vasco" Aguirre appears to still be tinkering with El Tri, especially after looking very flat in the first half against Colombia. However El Tri, Jared Borgetti and Rafael Marquez, second half substitutions added a little bit of Salsa to El Tri and Mexico was able to defeat Colombia. The situation for Luis Hernandez is looking very bleak, as his contributions are very small to say the least. Now with Francisco Palencia coming into the fold, Hernandez might be going to Japan as a cheerleader.
Goalkeepers: Óscar Pérez (CDSC Cruz Azul), Jorge Campos (Pumas UNAM), Oswaldo Sánchez (UA de Guadalajara)
Defenders: Manuel Vidrio (Pachuca CF), Francisco Gabriel de Anda (Pachuca CF), Melvin Brown (CDSC Cruz Azul), Alberto Rodríguez (Pachuca CF), Rafael Márquez (AS Monaco FC), Salvador Carmona (CD Toluca)
Midfielders: Gabriel Caballero (Pachuca CF), Sigifredo Mercado (CF Atlas), Germán Villa (Club América), Alberto García Aspe (Puebla FC), Joahan Rodríguez (Club Santos Laguna), Ramón Morales (UA de Guadalajara), Braulio Luna (CID Necaxa), Gerardo Torrado (Sevilla FC), Rafael García (CD Toluca)
Forwards: Jesús Arellano (CF Monterrey), Juan Francisco Palencia (RCD Espanyol), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Real Valladolid), Luis Hernández (Club América), Jared Borgetti (Club Santos Laguna)