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Mexico to bring less than stellar team after missing roster deadlines.

(Wednesday, May 31, 2000) -- For fans excited about seeing Mexico play in the Nike U.S. Cup, there could be disappointment in the near future.

After missing several deadlines for submitting its roster to the host United States Soccer Federation, the Mexican Football Federation finally named its team: Pumas UNAM, the club coached by former star national-team player Hugo Sanchez, supplemented by a few others, including Luis Hernandez of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

USSF public relations manager Bryan Chenault declined to comment on the situation.

Sanchez will coach the team with Sergio Bernal, Esdras Rangel, Joaquín Beltrán, Raúl Alpízar, Israel López, Antonio Sancho, Gerardo Torrado, Luis Ignacio González, Carlos Cariño, Horacio Sánchez, Ignacio Flores, Jaime Lozano and Jesús Olalde.

The other players: Hernández, Luis Pérez (Necaxa), Paulo César (Tilón) Chávez (Guadalajara), Daniel Osorno (Atlas), Oscar Mascorro (Toros Neza) and one player yet to be named.

Mexico’s first game is with Ireland in Chicago on Sunday.

Mexican officials have cited a conflict with World Cup qualifiers in July. The full national team is scheduled to start training June 12, a day after the last game of the U.S. Cup

Radio Unica, however, reported the MFF expressed regret and offered to waive its appearance fee and accept only expenses for the tournament.

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