August 12, 2012
Klinsmann calls in 22 to train for Mexico
CHICAGO - Nine Major League Soccer players and six more from LigaMX are among the 22 called in by U.S. National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming friendly against Mexico on Aug. 15 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico.
Kickoff for the USA's first friendly against Mexico on Mexican soil since 1984 is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision.
The players are reporting to Mexico City beginning Sunday, and will train for two days prior to the mid-week fixture.
"We're excited about the opportunity to bring this group together and challenge Mexico for a win," said Klinsmann. "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. Every player in the pool looks forward to an amazing opportunity like this, the chance to take on Mexico in such an historic stadium like Estadio Azteca. With the World Cup qualifiers coming up next month, we can start preparing these players mentally and physically for Jamaica."
The United States has never won a game in Mexico. Several U.S. regulars will get their first experience at Azteca, as only three players on the roster have ever played against Mexico on Mexican soil. The match is the first for the U.S. since the 1-1 draw on June 12 in a World Cup qualifier in Guatemala.
Eight players on the roster appeared in the last meeting between the teams, a 1-1 draw on Aug. 10, 2011, in Philadelphia: Kyle Beckerman, Edgar Castillo, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Brek Shea and Jose Torres
U.S. TRAVEL ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Beithasour (San Jose Earthquakes), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)