By Benson Petit-Clair
The U.S. Men’s National team is set to host Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona for a friendly in preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.
On Wednesday, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed his 23-man roster for the friendly, which does not fall on an international fixture date. Meaning, most of the European-based players will not be available for Klinsmann.
In all, 19 of the selected players are from the MLS, while Bayern Munich teenager Julian Green, who recently opted to represent the U.S. over Germany, will be the only European-based player on the roster. Meanwhile, DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco from Puebla F.C. of the Mexican league complete the squad.
“Everyone knows the clock is ticking,” said Jurgen Klinsmann. “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.”
Youngsters Luis Gil and DeAndre Yedlin are scheduled to be in camp for the second time with the USMNT.
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)
The two teams squared off this past September in Columbus, Ohio for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications with the U.S. claiming a 2-0 victory to secure its tickets.