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Gordon added to USMNT roster for Mexico friendly

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Alan Gordon's penchant for late-game heroics have saved the San Jose Earthquakes a number of times this season, and they have now also helped earn the forward a call-up to the U.S. men's national team.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Gordon to the roster that will take on Mexico in a rare friendly at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, U.S. Soccer announced late on Sunday. The addition of Gordon brings the roster count to 23 players, and gives Klinsmann another option up top to join the likes of Landon Donovan, Herculez Gomez and Terrence Boyd.

Gordon has had a knack for scoring late in games this season, and that has been a big part of the Earthquakes' success this year. The 30-year-old forward has nine goals on the current campaign, and four have come in San Jose's last six games.

What do you think of Gordon's inclusion? Happy to see Gordon make the team? Wishing it would have been someone else like Eddie Johnson or Chris Pontius?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Think of it this way – if you knew nothing about Gordon except what he has done this season (and right up thru this past weekend where he scored the GW goal in extra time), this is a fine call up. He has been playing very well for SJ and has great scoring stats and his team is in first place.

    I think he may also be suspended from MLS atm, so that could be a major factor in the timing of this call-up in terms of why him over other MLS guys.

  2. No one hates Gordon. By all accounts, he’s a very nice guy. And if a team doesn’t have someone with more skill to bring in late in a game, he is at least a big body that might shake things up. I watched him play for all his years with the Galaxy. He’s the equivalent of a 6’3″ post planted five yards in front of the goal. Almost all passes that reach him just bounce off; some, of course, bounce goalward, and a few will even go in. Except for his current streak of luck, he has nothing to commend him as a member of a national team roster.


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