It is finally official. Juan Carlos Osario has selected both Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos to the Mexican National Team World Cup squad.
Dos Santos Brothers Reach First World Cup Together
At age 29, this is Giovani Dos Santos’ third FIFA World Cup.
He first broke into the scene during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. GDS started in every match Mexico competed in during that edition of the tournament. Those performances put the elder Dos Santos in conversation for FIFA Young Player of the Tournament.
Jonathan Dos Santos, who joined the LA Galaxy in July of 2017, will go to his first ever World Cup. JDS’ road to the World Cup has been a rocky one that is for sure. He was not on the 23-man roster for the 2010 tournament. After not playing for the national team for two seasons, Dos Santos pretty much wasn’t even in the conversation for the 2014 World Cup.
The 28-year-old Dos Santos, though, has finally made it. It has taken JDS nearly 10 years to make the World Cup with the Mexican National Team. However, it is better late than never, and this is an opportunity he’ll surely relish.
Vela Makes Second Trip to the World Cup
Carlos Vela of LAFC also made the Mexico National Team squad.
Vela, though, has had a touchy relationship with the Mexican Football Federation. The LAFC forward made the 2010 FIFA World Cup team, but declined multiple invitations afterwards. It looked like he would never return, despite his wishes to do so. But alas, Vela is back and Mexico is better off for it too.
One More from LAFC Heads to FIFA World Cup
Omar Gaber, currently on loan from Basel, is joining up Mohammed Salah and the rest of the Egypt National Team.
Beitashour Misses Out
While he made the first 35 selected for the Iranian National Team, the veteran defender, Steven Beitashour, did not make the 23-man squad.
Mexico National Team World Cup Start
Mexico begin their World Cup against the defending champions, Germany, on June 17th in Moscow, Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium. Kick off for that match is scheduled for 8:00 AM PST.