Sunday afternoon US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his roster for the upcoming friendly against Mexico, which takes place this Wednesday at Estadio Azteca.
The 23 players that were selected saw a few surprises, including a total of ten MLS players being named to the camp and the exclusion of a few notable Yanks playing abroad.
The San Jose Earthquakes led MLS clubs with three selections, including forwards Chris Wondolowski and Alan Gordon, and defender Steven Beithasour. Beithasour is one of the biggest surprises of the group, as the youngster is in search of his first career cap with the national team.
The remaining MLS players include; Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), and Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy).
Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, and Clint Dempsey are just a handful of the notable USMNT veterans left off the roster by Klinsmann.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring this group together and challenge Mexico for a win,” said Klinsmann in an article on MLSsoccer.com.
He added: “For every game, we always look at who is in the best form, who is fit and who is ready to go. We have a lot of veteran players and also some new, hungry guys who deserve a chance.
Klinsmann’s faith in the fresh faces will be tested in the hostile home of the recently crowned, Olympic gold medal-winning Mexican national team.
“When you have a case like this, with European players behind things right now … this is a good moment. This gives [the newcomers] the chance to come in and prove their value,” concluded Klinsmann.
The match on Wednesday will be the first meeting between the two countries since a 1-1 draw in August of 2011, Klinmann’s debut as manager the USMNT.
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