Giovani dos Santos is the first member of the LA Galaxy to be called up for international duty this month. He will be a part of the Mexico squad to take on the United States on October 10th for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Dos Santos will likely be facing off against his LA Galaxy teammates Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez, both of whom are favorites to make the final cut for Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man United States roster.
This will be dos Santos' first camp with Mexico since winning the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as his first inclusion under new Mexico manager Ricardo Ferretti. Dos Santos was left off of his country's squad for their post-Gold Cup friendlies for coming out in support of former Mexico manager Miguel Herrera, who was fired after having an altercation with a journalist in an airport.
After leaving dos Santos off of his squad in September, Ferretti is showing how much he values what dos Santos brings to the table by including him in the roster for what is a high-stakes match. As a new manager, Ferretti will be facing challenges such as the possibility of injuries to important players, as well as an unavoidable lack of familiarity with his potential squad. That Ferretti is choosing to name dos Santos to this roster shows just how highly he rates the LA Galaxy striker, and that he could be looking to him as one of his go-to players both now and in the future.
Of course, it bears mentioning that Ferretti was inclined to call up dos Santos despite the fact that he now plays in MLS, quieting speculation over whether or not the move to Los Angeles would hurt the striker's involvement with the Mexican national team.
Since joining the Galaxy from Villarreal, dos Santos has made seven starts in Major League Soccer, scoring three goals and adding four assists, with four goals and six assists across all competitions.
The 2015 CONCACAF Cup will be held at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, and will be televised on Fox Sports 1, Univision, and Univision Deportes at 9:30 PM ET (6:30 PM PT).