U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has today finalized his 22-man roster for the upcoming friendly against Mexico, set for April 2 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
The match will serve as the final friendly for Team USA before starting the preparation camp for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in June.
“Everyone knows the clock is ticking,” said Klinsmann, referring to players understanding they have a final tryout for making the World Cup team. “This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case. We expect them to give a really strong performance against a Mexican team that is now basically coming back on track. They need to prove now that they badly want to go to Brazil.”
With the date of the match not falling during an international fixture date, the European-based players are not available, but Julian Green has been released by Bayern Munich in order to participate in the match.
More than 47,000 tickets have been sold for the match, according to Team USA, and the squad is setup as follows:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
USA vs. Mexico will be televised by ESPN and UniMas.