NEW YORK — The Mexico team’s recent training camp at the Honda Center in California, where the team has been competing against the United States in the World Cup, is the biggest in the country.
The roster includes seven players who played with the national team during the 2015 World Cup.
There’s also a Canadian-born forward, the captain of the Olympic bronze-medal-winning Mexico squad, and a Mexican-born winger who helped Mexico win the gold medal at the 2014 World Cup in Vancouver.
Mexico’s other stars are more traditional players who’ve been training together since the World Team started in January.
The first player, midfielder Alejandro Gonzalez Perez, played in the last two World Cups with Canada, as did defender Francisco Calvo, a former Mexican national team captain.
And the last player, goalkeeper Luis Enrique Montoya, is a member of Mexico’s U-20 team.
Mexico has an impressive roster, with several players who have been playing professionally in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy.
They’ve also been in good form.
Mexico coach Oscar Pareja, who has been with the Mexico national team since 2010, said he likes the depth and talent on the Mexico team.
Pareza, who coached the USA in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in March, said the national side has an advantage over the USA because it has a full roster.
“They have all of these talented players,” he said.
“It’s a different level, obviously, and you have to be able to adapt and adapt.”
Mexico’s World Cup team was the most-improved World Cup roster since Mexico won gold in 2002.
The USA, the defending champion, had a more talented roster but had to play two games to advance to the semifinals.
Mexico, the top seed in Group D, played three games to get through the semifinals before losing to Argentina in the quarterfinals.
The U.S. and Argentina were tied at 1-1 when they played to clinch the Gold Cup, which was played in Mexico City.
“We know what we’ve got to do in this group,” Parejas said.
Mexico lost its opening match against the USA, a 2-1 loss, and lost its next two games.
It also was the first time in 12 World Cup qualifying matches that the USA lost.
Paredjas said his team’s lack of depth has helped the USA’s success.
“You have a very good team, but you don’t have a lot of experience,” he added.
“I think it’s because we’re playing against teams from the top of the world, and that’s how you learn the game.”
Mexico is also looking for an advantage at the CONCACH tournament, a competition held each year in South America that has been dominated by the U.A.E., the most popular soccer nation in the region.
The United States has won the tournament every year since 2005.
Mexico was knocked out of the competition last year, but it has not qualified for the 2018 World Cup because of a lack of players and money.
“The Americans are very, very talented,” Paredias said.
But Mexico’s talent is not enough to beat the United State, which is playing in a tournament that it did not play in last year.
“There’s a reason why they have the No. 1 seed,” Perejas said, referring to the host nation.
“What we need to do is not just get better but get better faster.”
Mexico will play Argentina on Tuesday in the final game of the World XI, a three-game series.
Mexico and Argentina are scheduled to play a World Cup qualifier on Oct. 10 against Uruguay, a country that hosted Mexico in the tournament last year and that was eliminated in the semifinals by Brazil.
Mexico had a tough time defeating Uruguay last year because of the number of players that played against each other.
Pereja said he was glad that Mexico was able to play the Uruguay game on Monday.
“Now it’s time for us to start training,” he told reporters.
“Hopefully, we can play them, because that’s the only team that will be there.”
The Mexico-Uruguay game will be the first of the series.
The next two meetings between the two countries are on Oct-Nov. Then the Mexico-Argentina game will take place on Dec. 9 in San Pedro Sula, Brazil.
The Mexico squad is led by Mexico’s No. 2 goalkeeper Alejandro “El Guapo” Sanchez, who was born in Mexico and played in four World Cups for the national soccer team.
Sanchez also is a former player for the Mexican national squad.
The Mexican captain is a winger by trade, Francisco Calves Gonzalez Perez.
Calves played in all three of Mexico, including the 2014 Gold Cup victory against Brazil.
“Elguapo is a great player,” Peredias said, adding that Perez is the only Mexican player on the squad.