- Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - Juan Carlos Osorio has won both his games since becoming Mexico’s national coach. His team faces Senegal next month, and he sees it as an opportunity.

“The last time we played, we had 13 players from the Mexican league,” he said. “Now we will fill out the other 12 spots with young players who we have a lot of hope for. We are going to have a chance to get familiar with them.”

Osorio, speaking at a news conference Monday, declined to disclose his roster for the Feb. 10 game at Marlins Park. But he said only players in Mexican leagues would be used.

That means forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who is competing for Bayern Leverkusen in Germany, and other Mexicans playing in Europe will not be available.

“Mexico should be proud of the way our players are playing in Europe - not just (Chicharito), but the rest of our boys are having great campaigns,” Osorio said in Spanish. “But this will be an opportunity for the players in the Mexican league.



This will be Mexico’s first game in Miami since 2011. It will also be the third soccer game hosted by Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins.

In 2012, Nigeria beat Venezuela 3-1 in the first soccer game at the baseball stadium before a crowd of 13,000. The French club AS Monaco defeated Colombia’s Atletico Nacional 4-2 in 2014, with just over 15,000 on hand.

Osorio is from Colombia and became coach Mexico’s coach in mid-October. He calls Senegal “very athletic” and understands the challenge facing his squad.

“Mexico has players technically gifted (but) not as quick. . It will be great for Mexico to play against Senegal, one of the best African teams.”

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