U.S. Men to face Mexico in Glendale, AZ. this April

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Perhaps there will be one last ditch chance for fringe American players to make their case for World Cup inclusion.

Following weeks of speculation, the U.S. Soccer Federation has officially announced an April 2nd friendly against Mexico, set to take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

“We are going to be watching our players very carefully before making final decisions on the roster for the World Cup, so this will be a great benchmark to see where they are at and how they compete against our biggest rivals,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Unlike the scheduled March date against Ukraine, April 2nd does not fall on an official FIFA date meaning the U.S. will likely trot out another round of domestic talent looking to make that final impression to book their ticket to Brazil.

This will be the first meeting between the U.S. and Mexico since September 10th of last year, where the Yanks clinched their way to the World Cup on another “dos a cero” result in Columbus, Ohio. Their last ‘friendly’ encounter? A 1-0 U.S. win at the Azteca August of 2012.

“Games against Mexico are always special for the players and for the fans,” Klinsmann said. “We expect that it will be an amazing atmosphere in Phoenix with supporters for both teams, and it’s great to have an opportunity to play before the start of the World Cup. You couldn’t ask for a better experience to help with our preparations.”