Giovani Dos Santos quiet on his future plans, says Mexico's Miguel Herrera

PHOENIX -- Mexico international Giovani Dos Santos has been linked all summer with a move to MLS outfit LA Galaxy, but despite a report on Saturday that said a deal was set in stone, Mexico coach Miguel Herrera had nothing concrete to report on the striker's future.

"We had a chat and he's not confirmed anything definitive [about his future]," Herrera said in Saturday's news conference, ahead of Sunday's Gold Cup match against Guatemala.

"He's committed [to the Gold Cup at present], like everyone."

There have been several reports about Villarreal's Dos Santos moving to MLS, though the player has been quiet on his future since admitting last week there is interest from the Galaxy.

There was news about injured duo Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Hector Moreno. Both were ruled out of Mexico's Gold Cup squad following injuries in preparation games but stayed on with their teammates in the United States and are recovering ahead of schedule.

"They are both doing well [and] it even seems like there is nothing wrong," said Herrera, but he added that even though the duo is well on the road to recovering, it is not likely they will take part in the Gold Cup as one of the six possible changes allowed after the group stage.

On the standard of competition in CONCACAF at present, Herrera stressed he is not taking any Gold Cup opposition lightly and signaled the era of CONCACAF having "giants" is over.

"Since I've been here we've respected the opponents that we confront and the gap has closed with teams from Central America and the Caribbean," said Herrera.

"The giant in CONCACAF is over. That label no longer exists. We respect every rival and we know that Guatemala won't be at all easy."

As is customary for Herrera, he confirmed Mexico's starting XI for the Guatemala game the day ahead of the game, although there is still a doubt over midfielder Jose Juan "Gallito" Vazquez, who was left out of last Thursday's 6-0 win over Cuba because of a hamstring complaint in the warm-up.

Guillermo Ochoa will start in goal, with Paul Aguilar at right back, Miguel Layun on the left of defense and Diego Reyes and Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez the center-backs.

Vazquez or Antonio Rios will feature in central midfield alongside Jonathan Dos Santos, while Hector Herrera looks set to be shunted out to the right wing, with Andres Guardado on the left.

Up front, Oribe Peralta once again seems to have edged out Giovani Dos Santos in the battle to accompany Carlos Vela for El Tri.

Mexico has won six previous Gold Cups -- more than anything other side -- and a victory on Sunday would qualify El Tri for the knockout rounds.

Close to 55,000 tickets have been sold for the game in University of Phoenix Stadium, according to organizers.