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USA announces roster for Mexico friendly


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Jurgen Klinsmann has made his first roster selections as U.S. men's national team head coach, and there are surprises aplenty.

DaMarcus Beasley, Ricardo Clark, Heath Pearce and Jose Torres were just some of the surprising inclusions named by Klinsmann for the U.S. team's friendly against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia. Some of the more regular faces on the roster include Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan and Tim Howard.

Here is the full 22-man U.S. roster:

GOALKEEPERS – Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton).

DEFENDERS – Carlos Bocanegra (St. Etienne), Edgar Castillo (America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nuremberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).

MIDFIELDERS – Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca).

FORWARDS – Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt 04), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy).

Some of the more notable omissions are Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan and Jonathan Spector, though Klinsmann said previously that certain club circumstances would prevent some players from being called in.

Klinsmann did summon a pair of defenders who have not represented the United States in a couple of years in Edgar Castillo and Michael Orozco Fiscal. Brek Shea and Kyle Beckerman were the only two MLS-based midfielders called in.

In total, seven players called in are from MLS, four ply their trade in Mexico and the rest play in Europe.


What do you think of the roster? Whose inclusion are you most surprised by? Who would you have like to seen on the team?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Why noy use an excellent left footed assist leading midfielder that has proven himself over and over?

    He still is at an age where he has some good years left in him.

    The next world cup is only 3 years away!

    Nevertheless, I still respect your opinion and you do make a valid point.

    hogatroge, why not put both of them on the team? I think that would make sense.

    Players that are left footed, great with the ball at their feet, can service the perfect assist, and have a deadly corner/free kick

    are what this team needs from its midfield.

    USA! USA! USA!

  2. Here is an interesting stat for you, 558 – Kyle Beckerman has made 558 successful passes IN THE OPPOSITION HALF for RSL, more than any other MLS player. Distributor.

  3. Probably valid, but not a criticism in my opinion. Klinsmann is German. We can pretend he isn’t because he looks young and has lived in America for a while. But There is no getting around that fact. Wouldn’t it be beneficial for him, and the player or players in question, to know some of his players have worked with other German coaches. The less adjustment a player has to make when transitioning to a new coach, the better.

  4. i agree chandler could be playing a wing position…he has a lot of offensive potentional, although I guess he could still be a threat from the backline. German national team defenders are involved in goals, such as Philip Lahm.

  5. Okay, after letting it sink in overnight, I admit, silly idea of mine and you are right. Klinsmann obviously would not be calling up players unless he thinks they might be able to contribute. I am still highly skeptical of Ricardo Clark, but am open with the other guys in their late 20s. Most successful World Cup teams do have a few old veterans on board and I certainly am not going to second-guess Klinsmann at this point. Cannot wait to see what he does with this group.

  6. We could see this start:


    Obviously deuce y holden would replace beas and chandler

  7. This post is correct. I think Bunbury played in a U-20 CONCACAF tourney with Canada, therefore he had to use his one time switch (since he hoped to make Bradley’s Gold Cup squad) so that he could play in official USMNT matches. Since he did his one time switch he is now tied to the US. Had he not filed his one time switch he would only be able to play in friendlies for the US (hence why he was able to play against South Africa and Chile).

    Mixx could play friendlies for Norway or the USMNT right now. Until he plays in an official senior level match for the US (or Norway) he is free to choose who he plays for.

  8. Shea will be a badass on the international level with the US nats. He reminds me of demps. He has the creativity and some swagger (confidence under klins) will unlock the potential.

  9. Yes. I completely agree.

    Torres has special skills — passing, composure on the ball. Small, sure. But surprisingly tough. And a true baller.

    Bradley never gave him a proper chance. (The mess in Costa Rica? Beasley’s fault. The two goals against Slovenia? Both more or less on Onyewu.)

  10. Swap castillo for shea and let adu/agudelo/donovan switch and run off each other as play allows. Confuse the heck out of the mex D.

    That would be a crazy style departure, we have nothing to lose in this friendly.

    I like it

  11. Very well said. Ask Taylor Twellman about not being properly utilized on the USNT. Put a striker next to him, he was a pleasure to watch . . . put him in that stupid floating forward/ supporting midfielder role or as that stupid lone striker and it’s “Taylor Twellman can’t play at this level”. Shame.

    Adu, Torres, Mix and eventually Luis Gil are all gonna benefit from a coach that’s not afraid to go after people . . . at the beginning of the match.

  12. I’m glad that after one roster annnouncement you are already able to tell that he has a “lova affair with Latinos.” This scapegoat will make it that much easier to fire him when the time comes.

  13. Torres is more technically sound than MB, Edu, and Jones. Seriously? I like Torres’s potential but lets be realistic. He’s barely proven himself in Mexico. Maybe when he has time on the ball he can hit a better 50 yard pass than the other guys, but he also has serious limitations. He’s a holding player, who doesn’t have the defensive bite ideal for that position, and he’s small and not fast. He’s not the kind of box to box player that MB/Jones/Edu are. That’s not to say he can’t eventually be a US starter- in fact Bradley took a big chance by starting him in a world cup match, so don’t say that Bradley was biased against him. I also wouldn’t call Bradley’s style rigid- he tried to play in a way that best suited the players he had at his disposal and his competition. As its been said many times, the US is not going to play a possession style similar to Spain or even Mexico.

  14. He’s 29 and doesn’t fit into our next world cup or maybe even qualifying plans. Older than Donovan and Dempsey for reference. Mixx and Bedoya play similar positions and have similar skillsets, but are 5+ years younger.

    He is a great player and I would love to see him get to represent the US, but doing player evaluations isn’t a great time to call up a guy with little chance at being in the future plans.

  15. I was proposing bunkering (not kidding sadly). It is the lesser of two evils for his debut.

    There are too many new faces to go against a Mexico squad that is playing quite well right now.

    I’ll have to admit, I didn’t catch that on the throw in….wow. Even so, you run a high risk of getting caught out on the break if you lose possession, and we have not shown the ability to possess much against Mexico.

  16. I’m a huge Davis fan, but he’s not exactly a young up-and-comer.

    Shea is only 21, however, and is excelling this year at FC Dallas even moreso than last year. One cap at 20 yrs. old is nowhere near enough to count such a talented player out for good.

  17. Yeah, I can’t imagine that Klinsmann sees Ricardo Clark or Edson Buddle playing in Brazil in 2014. Could it be that Klinsmann is giving the older guys ignored by BB the past year who will not fit into his WC2014 plans a curtain call, a chance to go before the fans one last time before cutting them lose?

  18. Castillo is always on the bench , but Orozco and Torres play regularly for San Luis and Pachuca respectively.

  19. I don’t know about Castillo , but Jose Francisco “gringo” Torres is a young player, left footed, good in free kks, and has a special touch with the ball. Bob Bradley just didnt give him enough chances. Orozco is the starting 11 left back in San Luis that played in the Copa Libertadores last season, since the US needs a new LB he could be a good choice(though i would prefer Bobby Convey over him).

  20. I totally agree!!

    Also wish Rico (who is always on the verge of getting a red card for a stupid, unneccasary foul) and Shea (who looked lost and totally out of his league), literally, in his first start.

    Why is Brad Davis never called in?

    He’s a much better midfielder than Shea.

    He has a great left foot, excellent free kicks, hustles all the time, has soccer smarts, is a dependable leader and delivers some of the most appetizing assists in MLS.


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