Villarreal will be represented by Javier Aquino at the 2015 Copa América in Chile, after the Yellow Submarine player on loan to Rayo Vallecano has been called up to the definitive squad of México. At this point, we certainly hope Aquino has a good tournament and vindicates himself to convince Marcelino that he can play a part in Villarreal plans once again.
México is in group A with the hosts Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador of former Villarreal player, Jefferson Montero. El Tri will be opening the curtain of Copa América on June 12th against Bolivia in Viña del Mar, then three days later they'll be facing Chile at the mythical Estadio Nacional in Santiago, and they'll be closing the group stage against Ecuador in Rancagua on June 19th.
The México squad for the Copa América is as follows:
Goalkeepers (3): José de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Melitón Hernández (Veracruz).
Defenders (9) George Corral (Querétaro), Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul), Rafael Marquez (Hellas Verona), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Carlos Salcedo (Guadalajara), Miguel Herrera Equihua (Pachuca), Adrián Aldrete (Santos Laguna), Efraín Velarde (Monterrey).
Midfielders (7): Mario Osuna (Querétaro), Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas), Javier Güemez (Tijuana), Jesús Manuel Corona (FC Twente NED), Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano/Villarreal SPA), Luis Montes (León), Marco Fabián (Guadalajara).
Forwards (4): Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid), Eduardo Herrera (Pumas UNAM), Enrique Esqueda (Tigres), Matías Vuoso (Chiapas).
México will be going on tour two weeks prior the start of Copa América, facing their similar team of Guatemala, Perú and Brazil.
May 30th, 17:00 hours.
México vs. Guatemala
Estadio Zoque Víctor Manuel Reyna
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
June 3rd., 20:00 hrs.
Perú vs. México
June 7th, 17:00 hrs. (15:00 México D.F.)
Brazil vs. México
Estadio Allianz Park
Sao Paulo, Brasil
Meanwhile, Hernán Pérez has been named in the 30 men preliminary squad of Paraguay. The final list will be given on June 1st. We would hope Hernán makes the final squad and revitalizes his career in this Copa América.