Riding a high from it’s U-23 Olympic Gold victory, Mexico will be fielding some of their tried and true veterans to take on their Northern foe.
Jurgen Klinsmann named his 23 man roster for this Wednesday’s friendly tilt at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City which includes a solid mix of veterans and domestic talent who will look to rain on Mexico’s parade.
Here are your participants:
Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
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)
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)
Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Here are some additional roster notes provided by US Soccer:
- Six players on the roster play professionally in Liga MX in Mexico: DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Corona, Herculez Gomez, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Jose Torres.
- MLS contributes the most players of any league, sending nine to Mexico City: Kyle Beckerman, Steven Beitashour, Matt Besler, Landon Donovan, Sean Johnson, Nick Rimando, Brek Shea, Chris Wondolowski and Graham Zusi.
- Eight players on the roster appeared in the last meeting between the teams, a 1-1 draw on Aug. 10, 2011, in Philadelphia (starters in bold): Beckerman, Castillo, Donovan, Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones, Orozco Fiscal, Shea and Torres.
- Four players will arrive Monday after competing in matches on Sunday: Terrence Boyd, Donovan, S. Johnson and Jones.
- Both Boyd and Gomez have already contributed goals in the new seasons with their club. Boyd has tallied a pair of league goals and one in Europa League qualifying for Rapid Vienna, while Gomez has deposited two in four games for Santos.
- With 19 goals in all competitions in the last year, Gomez became the first U.S. player to win both an MLS Cup title and Mexican League title as Santos defeated Monterrey in the two-leg final.
- Wondolowski is atop the MLS goalscoring chart, having scored 17 goals in 21 matches for San Jose.
- Wondolowski scored the opening goal for the MLS All-Stars in their 3-2 win against Chelsea. Four other U.S. players were on the field that day: Beckerman, Beitashour, Donovan and Zusi.
- Geoff Cameron arrives after completing his transfer to Stoke City in the English Premier League.
- Joe Corona makes his second appearance on the MNT roster. The midfielder and Development Academy product debuted for the senior team in the 5-0 win against Scotland on May 26 in Jacksonville.
- Beitashour and Besler are the only players on the roster seeking their first cap with the senior national team.