US roster named for Valley soccer match against Mexico

U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann announced his selected roster Wednesday for the April 2 matchup against regional rivals Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The friendly will be the final match before the U.S. begins its preparation camp for this summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup, according to ussoccer.com .

“Everyone knows the clock is ticking,” Klinsmann said. “This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case.”

The selected team for the friendly is comprised of mostly MLS players since most of the European-based players will not be available because April 2 is not an international fixture date, according to U.S. Soccer.

The team selected, led by veterans Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and DaMarcus Beasley will also include Bayern Munich striker Julian Green.

The 18-year-old forward elected to play internationally for the U.S. earlier this month over Germany. Green is a citizen of both nations.

U.S Roster by Position

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC, Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United, Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

“We expect them to give a really strong performance against a Mexican team that is now basically coming back on track,” Klinsmann said. “They need to prove now that they badly want to go to Brazil.”

Both teams previously played at University of Phoenix Stadium Feb. 7, 2007, a matchup that drew over 62,000 fans, according to U.S. Soccer. 

Since 2000, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team has a 12-5-4 record against Mexico, including a 10-2-3 record at home.

The game will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium April 2 at 8 p.m.

Over 47,000 tickets have already been sold for the game. Tickets are available at ussoccer.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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