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Green, Bradley among those named to roster for USMNT friendly versus Mexico

Mar 26, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

Jurgen Klinsmann has released his roster for the upcoming April 2 friendly against Mexico in Arizona, and newly-minted USMNT member Julian Green is among an otherwise MLS-heavy  group of players coming to Glendale to play El Tri.

Bayern Munich’s Green is joined in the forward ranks by Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski and Eddie Johnson, while the midfield has Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Luis Gil and Graham Zusi.

There are eight listed defenders making the trip: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst and DeAndre Yedlin.

The goalkeepers are Bill Hamid of DC United, Sean Johnson of the Chicago Fire and Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake.

Aside from Green, only Orozco and Beasley — both of Liga MX’s Puebla — are competing outside of MLS.


“Everyone knows the clock is ticking,” said 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.”

The USMNT is 2-0 in Glendale, with wins over Mexico and Venezuela.

  1. cfutch - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Basically its MLS All Stars vs Liga MX All Stars. Should be Interesting…

  2. dac545 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Is there any chance for players NOT chosen for either of the previous two friendlies (Ukraine/Mexico)? What do people think?

    • dac545 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      I agree with the thumbs downers.. At this point, let’s build some chemistry amongst the existing players.. if anything, there are already enough players “in the fold” to replace potential injured guys..

  3. elgallo2001 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Excited to see Green and Yedlin. Hopefully two stars of the future.

  4. midtec2005 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I think Michael Bradley is the best U.S. player at this point. He should be the guy running the show in them middle. Because of that I think a true DM would be a good pairing with him, so he has freedom. Probably Beckerman, maybe Edu as a sub at halftime. Although seeing Luis Gil would be nice.

    After that the question becomes, how do you fit Zusi, Donovan, and Dempsey on the field? Or do you?

    • tindeaux - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Zusi plays the wing, Bradley plays playmaking, Donovan plays attacking midfield. Dempsey sits on the bench. He is way overrated and a lazy player. I like him 5 years ago before he went to EPL, he was working hard back then. now just an lazy dude.

      • midtec2005 - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Dempsey actually looked pretty good against Toronto, nut tag aside. He’s fit and raring to go.

        Personally I’d play LD up top with someone else that understands off the ball movement. With this roster that mean Dempsey or Wondo. The point of that would be to try and recreate the Donovan-Keane pairing which was lethal the past few years. I’d also be interested in seeing how Brad Davis would hold up against this level of competition. It would be a nice bonus if he can hold up, because his left foot is amazing.

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