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