Preview: U.S. Men’s National Team host Mexico

Jurgen Klinsmann Smiles

by DENY GALLAGHER
Staff Writer

The United States will meet Mexico for the first time in 2015 on Wednesday night in San Antonio, Texas.

The biggest storyline coming into this one will be the field conditions at the Alamodome. Despite threats to not play the match from the Mexican Federation, it is expected to go on as scheduled according to the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The team that Jurgen Klinsmann will put on the field Wednesday night will consist of primarily MLS and Liga MX players. Included in the squad are nine players from the 2014 World Cup including Kyle Beckerman, who returns to the squad for the first time since the November camp.

One aspect of interest is the formation Klinsmann uses in light of the absence of Jozy Alitdore. The Toronto FC man will miss the match due to the red card he picked up against Switzerland. This will give the likes of Juan Agudelo, Jordan Morris, or Gyasi Zardes an opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting XI for this summer’s Gold Cup.

As for the visitors, Miguel Herrea will feature an entirely domestic squad highlighted by the soon-to-be Houston Dynamo striker Erik Torres. Expect El Tri to use their slight home field advantage to get the better of the opportunities on the offensive end. For the most part, no one on this squad has over 15 caps for the Mexican National Team. The exception to this is Francisco Javier Rodríguez of Cruz Azul, who will be making his 99th appearance for Mexico.

The one advantage that the U.S. will have in this game, which they have not had in any of the previous games in 2015, is a backline with experience. Expect Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez to be paired at center back with DeAndre Yedlin on one side, and either Ventura Alvarado or Greg Garza on the other.

Wednesday night’s matchup will be the 66th in series history with El Tri holding a convincing 33–18–14 advantage. However, it is important to note that Jurgen Klinsmann has never lost to Mexico during his tenure with the United States National Team.

This match is an important one not only for the sides involved, but for the city of San Antonio as well. As the Scorpions continue to push to join Major League Soccer, selling 65,000 tickets for this match serves to prove that the Texas city can support and sustain a club in MLS.

The match is slated for Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

ROSTER UPDATE:

DC United midfielder Perry Kitchen has joined the USMNT ahead of their Mexico encounter.  Kitchen replaces Michael Orozco who pulled out of the match after discussions with his club team, Puebla of Liga MX.