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Klinsmann names U.S. roster for Mexico game
by Paul Kennedy, March 26th, 2014 2:09PM

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[USA MEN] U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up 22 players -- 19 based in MLS -- for the friendly match against Mexico April 2 in Glendale, Ariz.

Maurice Edu returns after an absence of more than a year. His last game for the USA was also against Mexico in the 0-0 tie at Azteca Stadium in March 2013. He was called up for the June 2013 qualifiers but had to withdraw because of a sports hernia condition.

As already announced, Bayern Munich's Julian Green gets his first callup, while DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco, who both play for Puebla, were the only Mexican-based players called up. Tijuana, whose squad features U.S. internationals Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez, will play in the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League on April 1. The only other U.S. international based in Mexico is Tigres' Jose Torres, who was not called up. He started Tuesday night for Tigres in its 3-0 win Veracruz that moved it into the final of the Copa MX, which will be played a week after the USA-Mexico game in Monterrey.

Of the MLS players who played against South Korea, only Eric Alexander and Benny Feilhaber were not called up. Also missing out is 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee, who is still searching for his first cap.

U.S. ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla/MEX), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 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 (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


10 comments
  1. Stephen Brookfield
    commented on: March 26, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.
    Cannot understand Klinsmann's consistent ignorance regarding Mike Magee. Wondo is OK but Magee is streets ahead of him as a utility forward, poacher, and attacking midfielder. He has great positional sense and can create as well as score. Would love to know the source of Klinsmann's reluctance to give him a cap.

  1. Carr Schilling
    commented on: March 26, 2014 at 4:31 p.m.
    Klinsmann's reluctance to call him in likely is due to some combination of the world cup is less than 3 months away, Magee's age, he has not played for the USMNT in many years, and missed most of preseason. Magee is an interesting player for us, but the timing of his stomach bug last camp and hitting his form last year did not bode well for inclusion for this cycle.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 26, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.
    Based on form and consistency, Deuce and Johnson have shown little; give Magee a chance, what's there to lose.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: March 26, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.
    What's there to lose? The game. I agree with Carl's comment.

  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: March 26, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.
    Forget about Magee, I want to see Green. This is possibly our future star, and possibly our present contributor. I don't think he should play the full 90, but I like to see what he can do. Maybe have him come in as an early substitute.

  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: March 26, 2014 at 5:43 p.m.
    I'm interested to see Green perform, although I am worried about our defense. Klinsmann's likely 4-2-3-1 playing Evans, Gonzalez, Besler, and Beasley. I have not been impressed with Evans, would rather have Cameron in there. Let's be honest, does Evan really have a chance against Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Podolski, Ozil, or Muntari?

  1. Paul Amato
    commented on: March 26, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.
    Cisco, I agree with you. Evans performed poorly even in qualifiers. I live in Seattle and enjoy watching Evans, but he is not up to par on the world level. I would rather see Cameron, he would fair better than Evans, but CR7 and company might run circles around him too.

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: March 26, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.
    I like Magee but totally agree with Carr Schilling - with emphasis on age. I would never advocate looking at a WC as a throw-away but I definitely would favor youth in this case. In fact I would personally like to see two or three of the bubble players left behind in favor of promising young players. Nothing personal, but Mo Edu?? Now?

  1. Robert Kiernan
    commented on: March 27, 2014 at 4:17 a.m.
    Mike Magee hasn't actually PLAYED for our senior team and is at age 29 not really too old, but is getting pretty close to it. It's been reported that he has been approached by the Republic of Ireland about possibly playing for them... I think if he isn't called p here, that really might happen now. He is not the big body "Target" striker we need, but more of a "Satellite" forward, a goal poacher and while that is nice, much like Wondolowski, he isn't likely to be a real game changer for us. As far as calling up Maurice Edu, that really makes far more sense, we are very light on guys who can play at CB and while he is mostly a DMF player, he has played in the back with Cameron against Mexico before in our win... he is likely being watched as possible cover come this summer. I'm thrilled that both Park Hurst and Yedlin are in this group as we must find better cover at the back out wide and they both are in my not so humble opinion better than Evans who might be on this roster as well but likely isn't 100% yet, still it's nice to see both his teammate Yedlin and Parkhurst out there challenging him. I'm guessing Goodson is likely the cover for Besler and Omar, but Orazco and Edu are clearly there to make up the numbers and possibly show they an also be in the running. ... (ICE)

  1. Kai Kuwata
    commented on: March 27, 2014 at 6:53 a.m.
    James, I'm on same page as you. 2014 isn't a throwaway but may more a building block than a true championship roster. So while Magee is deserving can understand calling Green. Further to Cisco's point, speed of play (and experience) are issues for Evans, much as I like his MLS play. I'd actually favor Yedlin over Evans and Parkhurst v Mexico. Let's see if he can hang. 4 years from now who really knows. But I've gotta think that US would be better positioned in 2018 if players like Green and Yedlin got PT now.


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