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By SBI SOCCER
The rosters are in for Oct. 10’s massive clash in Pasadena, and there’s no shortage of surprises from the U.S. Men’s National Team.
With a berth for a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup on the line, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring in World Cup veteran presence in the likes of Kyle Beckerman, Geoff Cameron and Graham Zusi. He also decided to leave off the likes of LA Galaxy centerback Omar Gonzalez and Hertha Berlin’s John Brooks.
Jonathan Spector and Michael Orozco replace the two defenders. Aron Johannsson misses due to an injury as well, while Chris Wondolowski replaces him as one of the forwards.
Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey returns to the U.S. after missing September’s international window due to injury. Notable inclusions also are the Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes, Sounders’ Brad Evans, Club America’s Ventura Alvarado and Fulham’s Tim Ream.
Here is the 23-man U.S. roster for the upcoming clash with Mexico at the Rose Bowl:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club América), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
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