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PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Juan Agudelo F 6-3 183 11/23/92 Barnegat, N.J. New England Revolution
Ventura Alvarado D 6-0 165 8/16/92 Phoenix, Az. Club America (Mexico)
Matt Besler D 6-0 170 2/11/87 Overland Park, Kan. Sporting Kansas City
Kyle Beckerman M 5-10 165 4/23/82 Crofton, Md. Real Salt Lake
Michael Bradley M 6-2 185 7/31/87 Manhattan Beach, Calif. Toronto FC
Joe Corona M 5-10 165 7/9/90 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Mix Diskerud M 6-0 150 10/2/90 Oslo, Norway New York City FC
Brad Evans D 6-1 160 4/20/85 Phoenix, Ariz. Seattle Sounders FC
Greg Garza D 5-8 155 8/16/91 Grapevine, Texas Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Omar Gonzalez D 6-5 210 10/11/88 Dallas, Texas LA Galaxy
Julian Green M 5-7 140 6/6/95 Tampa, Fla. Hamburg (Germany)
Bill Hamid GK 6-3 225 11/25/90 Annandale, Va. D.C. United
Miguel Ibarra F 5-7 135 3/15/90 Lancaster, Calif. Minnesota United FC
Perry Kitchen M 6-0 160 2/29/92 Indianapolis, Ind. D.C. United
Jordan Morris F 5-11 185 10/26/94 Mercer Island, Wash. Stanford
Lee Nguyen M 5-8 150 10/7/86 McKinney, Texas New England Revolution
Nick Rimando GK 5-11 180 6/17/79 Montclair, Calif. Real Salt Lake
Brek Shea M 6-3 180 2/28/90 Bryan, Texas Orlando City SC
Chris Wondolowski F 6-0 165 1/28/83 Danville, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes
William Yarbrough GK 6-2 160 3/20/89 Aguascalientes, Mexico Club Leon (Mexico)
DeAndre Yedlin D 5-8 150 7/9/93 Seattle, Wash. Tottenham Hotspur (England)
Gyasi Zardes F 6-2 175 9/2/91 Hawthorne, Calif. LA Galaxy

MNT vs. Mexico - April 15, 2015

Juan Agudelo

Height:
6-3

Weight:
183

Birthdate:
11/23/1992

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Barnegat, N.J.

Club:
New England Revolution

Ventura Alvarado

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
8/16/1992

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Phoenix, Az.

Club:
Club America (Mexico)

Matt Besler

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
2/11/1987

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Overland Park, Kan.

Club:
Sporting Kansas City

Kyle Beckerman

Height:
5-10

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
4/23/1982

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Crofton, Md.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Michael Bradley

Height:
6-2

Weight:
185

Birthdate:
7/31/1987

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Club:
Toronto FC

Joe Corona

Height:
5-10

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
7/9/1990

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Mix Diskerud

Height:
6-0

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
10/2/1990

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Oslo, Norway

Club:
New York City FC

Brad Evans

Height:
6-1

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
4/20/1985

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Phoenix, Ariz.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Greg Garza

Height:
5-8

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
8/16/1991

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Grapevine, Texas

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Omar Gonzalez

Height:
6-5

Weight:
210

Birthdate:
10/11/1988

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Club:
LA Galaxy

Julian Green

Height:
5-7

Weight:
140

Birthdate:
6/6/1995

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla.

Club:
Hamburg (Germany)

Bill Hamid

Height:
6-3

Weight:
225

Birthdate:
11/25/1990

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Annandale, Va.

Club:
D.C. United

Miguel Ibarra

Height:
5-7

Weight:
135

Birthdate:
3/15/1990

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Lancaster, Calif.

Club:
Minnesota United FC

Perry Kitchen

Height:
6-0

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
2/29/1992

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Indianapolis, Ind.

Club:
D.C. United

Jordan Morris

Height:
5-11

Weight:
185

Birthdate:
10/26/1994

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Mercer Island, Wash.

Club:
Stanford

Lee Nguyen

Height:
5-8

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
10/7/1986

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
McKinney, Texas

Club:
New England Revolution

Nick Rimando

Height:
5-11

Weight:
180

Birthdate:
6/17/1979

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Montclair, Calif.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Brek Shea

Height:
6-3

Weight:
180

Birthdate:
2/28/1990

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bryan, Texas

Club:
Orlando City SC

Chris Wondolowski

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
1/28/1983

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Danville, Calif.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

William Yarbrough

Height:
6-2

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
3/20/1989

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Aguascalientes, Mexico

Club:
Club Leon (Mexico)

DeAndre Yedlin

Height:
5-8

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
7/9/1993

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Seattle, Wash.

Club:
Tottenham Hotspur (England)

Gyasi Zardes

Height:
6-2

Weight:
175

Birthdate:
9/2/1991

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Hawthorne, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Highlights: Morris, Agudelo and Co. Rack Up another #DosACero vs. Mexico

The USA beat Mexico 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 64,369 in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo scored for the U.S.

USA Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd of 64,369 Inside Alamodome

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 15, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0 behind goals from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,369. The match was presented by AT&T. The win extended the USA’s unbeaten streak against Mexico to a record six games (3-0-3), pushed the U.S. MNT’s current unbeaten streak on home soil to 21 games (18-0-3) and marked the ninth USA victory against Mexico by that familiar score line and eighth since 2000.

Twenty-year-old Morris, a sophomore at Stanford University, put the U.S. ahead after running onto a deflected ball and finishing under a sliding goalkeeper in the 49th minute.

In the 65th minute, Juan Agudelo replaced Morris, and on a Michael Bradley assist doubled the American lead. It was Agudelo’s first appearance since he last came on as a sub in the U.S.’s game against Ukraine on March 5, 2014 and his first goal since he scored against Argentina on March 26, 2011.

The result pushed the USA’s all time record against Mexico to 18-32-14. The U.S. MNT will be in Europe next time it convenes, facing off with the world’s No. 6-ranked team, Netherlands, in Amsterdam on June 5. The match kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jordan Morris, 49th Minute:
Michael Bradley played the ball into the middle of the Mexico defense to Gyasi Zardes whose return pass deflected off a Mexico defender into the stride of Morris. On his first MNT start, Morris took a touch and slotted a shot under sliding Mexico goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo for his first international goal. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley), 72nd minute: Minutes after entering for previous goal scorer Jordan Morris, Agudelo expertly brought down a long ball from Michael Bradley at the top of the box. He cut to his right, got past his defender and blasted a shot that squeezed between Saucedo and the left post to double the USA lead. USA 2, MEX 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cirilo Saucedo, 26th minute:
Michael Bradley played a dangerous free kick into the box where Gyasi Zardes and Jordan Morris were converging. Saucedo jumped into traffic and was able to deflect the ball out of danger.

USA - Rimando (Save), 42nd minute: Mexico captain Luis Montes quickly brought the ball down from the right side. Near the top of the box Montes made a quick cut toward the center and hooked a left-footed shot towards the goal. The ball took one spinning hop before Rimando secured it.

USA - Yarbrough (Save), 58th minute: Erick Torres took a pass off of a Mexican counter and found himself in a spot with an opportunity to score, but he was unable to put a clean hit on the ball and Yarbrough simply scooped up the shot.

Milestone Watch:

  • Michael Bradley inched closer to the century cap mark with his 96th appearance tonight. The appearance pushed his him past Brian McBride and into a tie with Alexi Lalas for the 16th on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list.
  • Bradley’s assist was the 13th of his USA career and ties him for eighth all-time alongside DaMarcus Beasley and Clint Dempsey.
  • Ventura Alvarado and 20-year-old Jordan Morris made their first starts for the USA.
  • In his first start, Morris scored his first international goal.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Netherlands, on June 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. MNT began the game in a diamond 4-4-2 formation
  • In his first action with the U.S. MNT of 2015, Kyle Beckerman made the start at midfield. It was his first appearance since he started for the U.S. against Ireland on November 18, 2014.
  • It was the first time since the World Cup game against Germany on June 26, 2014 that Michael Bradley and Beckerman have started together.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's five matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, goalkeeper Nick Rimando is the only other player to start all five games. Two other MNT players have appeared in all five games in 2015: Gyassi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin
  • In his first appearance since he was subbed on in the second half of the game against Ukraine on March 5, 2014, Juan Agudelo came on for the game’s first goal scorer Jordan Morris and netted his third career goal for the U.S. MNT. It was his first goal with the National Team since scoring against Argentina on March 26, 2011.
  • Texas native Greg Garza started the game at left back. He played in the last five games of 2014 starting three following the World Cup and also started in the match against Denmark on March 31, 2015
  • Joe Corona made his first start for the U.S. since the Sept. 3, 2014 match in Prague vs. the Czech Republic. It was his first appearance since the game against Honduras on Oct.14, 2014.
  • Corona and Garza both started on the left side for the U.S. The pair are teammates in Liga MX, with Club Tijuana.
  • Omar Gonzalez made his first start since the 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Belgium and his first appearance since coming on in the 62nd minute of the USA’s October 10, 2014 match against Ecuador.
  • Michael Bradley recorded his third-straight start as captain. He also wore the armband for the MNT on March 25 against Denmark and March 31 versus Switzerland.
  • Kyle Beckerman left the game in the 63rd minute with a left thigh contusion.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T
Date: April 15, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 64,369 (sellout)
Weather: 73 degrees; Indoor 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          2          2
MEX                            0          0          0

USA – Jordan Morris                                      49th minute
USA – Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley)        72

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 14-Greg Garza (11-Brek Shea, 46); 15-Kyle Beckerman (21-Perry Kitchen, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Brad Evans, 80), 7-Joe Corona (9-Miguel Ibarra, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Jordan Morris (17-Juan Agudelo, 65)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 13-Lee Nguyen, 16-Julian Green, 18-Chris Wondolowski
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 12-Cirilo Saucedo; 21-Hiram Mier (3-Oswaldo Alanis, 46), 2-Francisco Rodriguez (8-Luis Rodriguez, 60), 13-Carlos Salcedo (4-Julio Cesar Dominguez, 46); 7-Efrain Velarde, 17-Mario Osuna, 18-Carlos Esquivel, 15-Gerardo Flores (6-George Corral, 67); 10-Luis Montes (capt.) (5-Antonio Rios, 79), 9-Erick Torres, 20-Eduardo Herrera (19-Marco Bueno, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jonathan Orozco, 16-Adrian Aldrete
Head coach: Miguel Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 6 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials: 
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavio Jara (CRC)
4th Official: Walter Quesada (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Ventura Alvarado

GOAL: Juan Agudelo Rings Up another #DosACero for USA

Juan Agudelo scored to make the U.S. lead #dosacero as the U.S. MNT took on Mexico presented by AT&T. Watch live on Fox Sports 1 and Univision.

GOAL: Jordan Morris Opens His MNT Account on Big Stage

Jordan Morris scored his first international goal to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in #USAvMEX presented by AT&T. Watch live on Fox Sports 1 and Univision.

Home Sweet Texas

A number of U.S. Men’s National Team players will return to their Lone Star State roots when the USA meets Mexico tonight in San Antonio.

Four players from the roster are Texas natives: Greg Garza (Grapevine), Omar Gonzalez (Dallas), Lee Nguyen (McKinney) and Brek Shea (Bryan). For these players, knowing that they are getting ready to face archrival Mexico makes this already a huge game. But to also do it while in their home state, in front of their family and friends, is the icing on the cake.

“This rivalry is very important,” Gonzalez said. “You never want to lose to your neighbor. In the past, these games have been awesome to watch and they’ve been really tough games and important games. I’m Mexican-American and that has a lot to do with it as well. There’s just a lot of history in these games and they’re always exciting to be a part of, and it’s a little bit extra for me this time because I’m in my home state, my family’s here and I’m just excited to play in front of them.”

Gonzalez will have an arsenal of supporters in the Alamodome tomorrow night with his mother and father in attendance, as well as his brother and sister and their families. Additionally, the match falls on his father’s birthday and he said a U.S. win would make for a nice gift.

“Maybe I can score my first goal for the National team as well,” Gonzalez said. “I think that would be the cherry on top.”

Tonight the U.S. MNT will look to continue its five-game unbeaten streak against Mexico and preserve its 20-game unbeaten streak on U.S. soil.

Lee Nguyen is looking forward to experiencing the classic matchup from the field for the first time in front of his dad, sister and friends who will be there to watch.

“This is probably the biggest rivalry in international football, I think,” Nguyen said. “USA-Mexico goes back a long way and this will be my first time being a part of it so I’m very thrilled and excited to be here. It’s always great to be back close to home where [my family] can come and watch live.”

MNT Ready for Mexico Showdown in San Antonio

Watch how the ‪#‎USMNT‬ prepared in this short camp before ‪#‎USAvMEX‬ presented by AT&T.

Gallery: Matchday Minus One, MNT Trains at Alamodome

The USMNT trained onsite at the Alamodome on yesterday in advance of tonight's USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T. Kickoff for the 64th edition of one of international soccer's best rivalries is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

Gallery: Monday MNT Training at Trinity University

The USMNT trained at Trinity University on Monday in advance of Wednesday's USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T. Kickoff for the 64th edition of one of international soccer's best rivalries is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

Animosity at the Alamodome

History, geography and sociology have long dictated the soccer rivalry between the U.S. and Mexico. And while it’s always been somewhat heated, only in the last 20 years has it been anywhere near an even affair.

The numbers clearly reflect it as Mexico held a daunting 28-6-9 edge over its neighbors to the north prior to the turn of the century. And while the U.S. went winless against Mexico in the final seven matchups of the 1990s, one result in that span, the 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw at Estadio Azteca in 1997, set a course correction in the series that would push the U.S. to a 12-5-5 record against its rivals since the turn of the century.

In that match, the U.S. earned its first result in Mexico’s vaunted soccer cathedral, despite playing a man down for nearly an hour after defender Jeff Agoos was sent off for an altercation with Pavel Pardo in the 32nd minute.

“We showed a lot of resolve in that match,” said Cobi Jones who went 56 minutes that day. “Either at the youth or full team level, a lot of us had been part of tough results against Mexico, but the experiences gained built towards us earning a historic result that day.”

An unused substitute in that match as he was beginning to carve out his role in the U.S. team, forward Brian McBride says the result gave the team confidence, but also earned the team recognition where they didn’t have it before.

“The last 15-20 minutes the Mexican fans are jeering Mexico when they have the ball and actually cheering us on,” said McBride. “The first time we actually heard it in that game, we all looked at each other and said, ‘what’s happening?’ At that moment, we all said that Mexican fans respect U.S. Soccer, whereas before there wasn’t a lot of respect. I think that translates into our attitude, how we went about handling them. It affirmed it, once you get affirmation, we continued to grow.”

Under the guidance of former head coach Bruce Arena, the U.S. opened up the new millennium with two friendly wins against Mexico, building momentum towards a home World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 28, 2001, and the start of a great U.S. Soccer tradition.

The smaller confines of Crew Stadium and a kickoff temperature of 28 degrees combined to give the U.S. a significant home-field advantage, but things didn’t go to plan early on.

Though not malicious, in his debut as a villain to American fans everywhere, Mexican midfielder Rafael Marquez clashed heads with McBride on a 50/50 challenge at midfield, causing the starting U.S. forward to make way for Josh Wolff.

There was little question about Marquez’s intent in the 36th minute, when in a sign of things to come, the future Mexico captain came through with a late, high challenge to chop down Wolff as he streaked through the midfield.

“I think I’m still feeling that foul,” Wolff joked. “Guys like Rafa and Claudio Suarez; there was viciousness with those games and violence at times.”

Though Wolff was alright, just before halftime, U.S. captain Claudio Reyna pulled up with a groin injury and Wolff’s childhood friend Clint Mathis also entered the match.

In what would become both players’ coming out party on the national team stage, Mathis sent a cutting ball over the Mexico backline and into Wolff’s stride.  The 23-year-old ran on, evaded goalkeeper Jorge Campos who’d come well out of his box and tapped into an empty net to take the score to 1-0.

“I’m sure they weren’t that worried about me or Clint coming in as reserves,” said Wolff, who was making just his fourth U.S. appearance in the match. “I was younger, had played against the Mexican youth national teams and had a good experience with the Olympic team, but I wouldn’t expect them to know that much about me or Clint, outside us being young players that are just breaking in.”

Late in the match, Wolff beat two Mexican defenders on the right before breaking into the box and centering for Earnie Stewart who finished from 12 yards out, creating the first of four staple “Dos a Cero” score lines in home World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico.

The victories over Mexico and the belief Bruce Arena instilled in his team built towards the rivalry’s biggest match to date in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

 “When we knew we were playing them, we were overjoyed,” McBride said. “We knew them and we knew we could beat them. Any given day, anyone can beat anyone, but we were very happy to see them.

“Bruce has a confidence,” he continued “The way he goes about himself, it rubs off on you. He made some changes, moved things around all with the idea we were going to get the result.”

Perhaps remembering Wolff’s breakout performance 14 months earlier, one of Arena’s changes was starting Wolff, who’d played just eight minutes in the group stage, up top with McBride.

It took the forward tandem just eight minutes to link up for the game’s first goal as McBride quickly played a restart for Reyna on the right. The captain charged towards the end line before playing a square ball for Wolff who used the outside of his right boot to lay off what McBride called “the most perfect ball for a first-time strike”, as the veteran forward buried it past Oscar Perez for a 1-0 lead.

Chief among players Mexico would deem a villain, Landon Donovan would score the most significant of his six against El Tri off a cross from Eddie Lewis in the second half to take things to 2-0.

As time went on, the U.S. style of play, sitting in then springing quick counter attacks, frustrated Mexico throughout the match, and that’s where Jones earned his hero status in the rivalry.

Having played a mostly substitute role in his final years with the national team, Jones’s fresh legs kept pressure all over the field in the mid-day sun. He hadn’t been on for 10 minutes before Marquez played U.S. villain again, this time as Jones went up for a free header, the Mexican captain led with his studs up into Jones’ torso, before delivering a vicious head butt to the veteran winger.

Marquez immediately saw red, one of five in his international career and the first of two against the United States, while the dismissal effectively ended any chance Mexico had at a comeback.

“That was the moment where that all started with him,” Jones said. “He’s the captain of the team. He’s played at big clubs before and since, but he’s never known how to handle the high pressure situation of playing his archrival on the international stage and losing. That was the big issue for him and we see how he reacted to it.”

Moments later as Jones took the ball into the corner to kill off stoppage time, both Salvador Camona and Sigifredo Mercado came through and stomped on both of Jones’ legs.

“You could see the frustrations in their players because they couldn’t find a way to beat us,” Jones said. “Luckily, the referee blew his whistle not too long after.”

While the U.S. players celebrated a first trip to the World Cup quarterfinals, sportsmanship didn’t exactly rule the post-match festivities, as most Mexican players walked directly off the field.

“We were also ticked off at the fact that they weren’t necessarily respectful in loss,” McBride remembered. “There were plenty of times where we lost games where we thought we should have done better in, but still we never tried to injure anybody, never tried to not shake hands. That part was disappointing. Having said that, it’s the heat of the moment - a huge game for them and for us of course, and I saw some of the guys a month later and they were awesome.”

As the U.S. and Mexico renew the rivalry Wednesday night in San Antonio, a younger crop of players has brought a mutual respect between the two teams that wasn’t there in the past. And while the U.S. has leveled the series over the last 15 years, Jones appealed to the younger generation to shake off any complacency heading into a match against Mexico.

“As far as the passion is concerned, I hope the younger players understand the history and tradition there,” he said. “The ‘Dos a Cero’ came from some place and I hope they understand that. I hope they take a look back to see what it’s about and have an underlying need and want to beat Mexico. If they take it too lightly, they have to understand that the other side will take advantage.”

USA and Archrival Mexico Square Off in San Antonio, Presented by AT&T

For just the second time in 2015, the U.S. MNT is back on U.S. soil, where it has gone unbeaten in its last 20 matches. Now the team is set for 64th edition of the USA-Mexico rivalry, presented by AT&T, on Wednesday, April 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow along on Twitter via @ussoccer and @usssoccer_esp. The match, which occurs outside of the official FIFA international fixture window, will feature U.S. and Mexican rosters mostly comprised of players from the MLS and Liga MX. 

Klinsmann has 22 players in San Antonio, including Michael Bradley, who has scored four career goals against Mexico, as well as eight other players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Roster. The U.S. will be without the services of team captain Clint Dempsey, who is sidelined with a hamstring strain, and forward Jozy Altidore who is required to serve a one-match suspension following a red card he received in the USA’s last friendly, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland on March 31 in Zurich. The U.S. is riding a five-game unbeaten streak against Mexico (2-0-3) including, the USA’s first victory against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, and the 0-0 draw away in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. has not lost to Mexico (2-0-3) since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm as head coach in the summer of 2011. 

The teams last played just over a year ago on April 2, 2014 in a World Cup tune-up that ended in a 2-2 draw. In that game, Michael Bradley scored the game’s first goal and assisted on Chris Wondolowski’s strike. Rafael Marquez and Alan Pulido scored in the second half to rescue a draw for Mexico. Overall, the U.S. is 17-32-14 all-time against Mexico, and is 12-5-5 since 2000. 

Mexico is coming off a 2014 FIFA World Cup where it advanced to the Round of 16 after defeating Cameroon and Croatia and tying World Cup host and then No. 6- ranked Brazil in group play. Mexico fell to the Netherlands 2-1 in the first game of the knockout round after surrendering a penalty kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Only three players from that World Cup team appear on the roster for this match. Mexico will provide another test for the MNT in a year of challenging matches, which includes a meeting with No. 5-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam on June 5, and a matchup against 2014 FIFA World Cup champion and world No. 1-Germany in Cologne on June 10. 

In the meantime, the Under-23 Men’s National Team is coming off a camp in March where Andi Herzog earned his first win in his first game as head coach, defeating Bosnia 5-2 and his first loss, to Denmark 1-0. The team is team continuing its preparations for Olympic qualifying this October and will face its counterpart from Mexico on April 22 at 8 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Fans can follow @ussoccer_ynt for updates on the U-23s and all U.S. Youth National Teams. 

USA VS. MEXICO:

  • The United States is 17-32-14 all-time against Mexico and is unbeaten in the last five games between the two teams.
  • Since 2000, the USA has posted a 12-5-5 record against Mexico, including a 10-2-4 record at home during that span.
  • The most recent encounter was April 2, 2014, in a World Cup tune-up that ended in a 2-2 draw. Michael Bradley tallied three points, scoring the game’s first goal and assisting on Chris Wondolowski’s. Rafael Marquez and Alan Pulido scored in the second half for Mexico.
  • The U.S. has gone 2-0-3 against Mexico during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach, including the USA’s first victory against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, and the 0-0 draw away in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • It has been almost four full years since the U.S. last loss to El Tri. That defeat came in the final of the 2011 Gold Cup when Mexico defeated the USA 4-2. Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan scored goals for the U.S., which jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first 25 minutes. Mexico would rally to score the next four goals, a pair of from Pablo Barrera and goals from Andres Guardado and Giovani dos Santos.
  • U.S. goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Mexico’s Luis Montes both play for Liga MX Club León. Greg Garza and Joe Carona are Liga MX teammates with Mexico’s Cirilo Saucedo at Club Tijuana. 

U.S. Men’s National Team by Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon) 
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United) Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Julian Green (Hamburg), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Ten different MLS teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members.
  • Four players from this roster come from Liga MX: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), and William Yarbrough (Club Leon).
  • A total of nine players on the roster were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death.”
  • Perry Kitchen was added to the roster to replace Michael Orozco, who will not travel to San Antonio following discussions with his club.
  • Michael Bradley is the leading cap-winner from this group having played 95 international matches.
  • Bradley has scored four goals against Mexico, including a double on Feb. 11, 2009, in the 2-0 win in Columbus, Ohio, to kick off the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Bradley and Chris Wondolowski both scored goals in the USA’s last match vs. Mexico on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
  • Brek Shea has scored two goals in four matches to start 2015, including a free kick stunner against Switzerland. Bradley is the other goal scorer on this roster.
  • Liga MX-based Alvarado and Yarbrough both earned their first caps with the U.S. during the MNT’s March games in Europe. Alvarado entered in the 80th minute of the March 31 game against Denmark, taking over for Michael Orozco who was having knee issues
  • Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents and earned his first cap for the U.S. MNT on March 31 against Switzerland. He marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Kyle Beckerman returns to the team for his first international action of 2015 since playing against Ireland on Nov. 18, 2014, in Dublin. He played a role in the USA’s World Cup run in 2014, starting in all three group stage matches.
  • Juan Agudelo’s last appearance with the MNT came when he was subbed on in the second half of the game against Ukraine on April 15, 2014.
  • It will be a homecoming of sorts for four players, as Greg Garza (Grapevine), Omar Gonzalez (Dallas), Lee Nguyen (McKinney) and Brek Shea (Bryan) are all Texas natives.
  • Six players are alumni of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy: Bill Hamid (D.C. United Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier & Seattle Sounders Academy), Corona (Nomads SC), Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy).
  • Greg Garza played in the last five games of 2014, starting three, and also started in the match against Denmark on March 31, 2015. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of U.S. National Team programming, beginning with the U-14’s.
  • Joe Corona is back on the roster for the first time since he helped the U.S. earn a 1-1 draw against Honduras on October 14, 2014, when he came on in the second half. Corona grew up with a foot in two countries, having been raised in San Diego, but spending time in Mexico where he built his professional career playing for Club Tijuana.
  • Omar Gonzalez is back on the roster for the first time since he came on in the 62nd minute of the U.S’s game against Ecuador on October 10, 2014. 
  • Julian Green made his U.S. MNT debut against Mexico, coming on in the 59th minute of last year’s 2-2 draw with Mexico.

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Julian Green battled Marco Fabian and Mexico in his debut match for the USA in 2004.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 95 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is tied with Brian McBride for 17th on the MNT all-time list.
  • Bradley is tied for 13th on the all-time goals scored list with Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez with 13 goals scored.
  • Nick Rimando ranks fifth on the all-time wins list with 12. The Real Salt Lake man is 12-2-2 all-time with the USA, including four shutouts.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (34-17-12) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43). 

2015 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 28

Chile

2-3 L

Shea, Altidore

Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile

Feb. 8

Panama

2-0 W

Bradley, Dempsey

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 25

Denmark

2-3 L

Altidore, Johannsson

NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark

March 31

Switzerland

1-1 D

Shea

Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

April 15

Mexico

8:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

June 5

Netherlands

2:30 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands

June 10

Germany

2:45 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

July 7

Honduras

9:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

July 10

Haiti

8:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.

July 13

Panama

9:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th head coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time: 

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 34-17-12 record, third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include: Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (34), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013 to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 17-0-3 in its past 20 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament-record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-3-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named Germany’s National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club, Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981-98 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany. 

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federacion Mexicana de Futbol (FMF)
Founded: 1927
FIFA affiliation: 1929
Head Coach: Miguel Herrera
FIFA World Ranking: 18
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinal, 1970, 1986
Leading Cap-Winner: Claudio Suarez (178)
Leading Goalscorer: Jared Borgetti (46)

MEXICO ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey), Cirilo Saucedo (Club Tijuana)
DEFENDERS (9): Oswaldo Alanis (Santos Laguna), George Corral (Queretaro), Francisco Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Luis Rodríguez (Chiapas), Carlos Salcedo (Chivas), Efrain Velarde (Monterrey)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Adrian Aldrete (Santos Laguna), Luis Montes (Leon), Mario Osuna (Queretaro), Antonio Rios (Toluca)
FORWARDS (4): Marco Bueno (Toluca), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Eduardo Herrera (Pumas), Erick Torres (Chivas) 

MEXICO ROSTER NOTES:

  • Since taking over in October 2013, head coach Miguel Herrera has helped lead the team to a 14-4-4 record, but he has never had a victory over the United States.
  • This is the first call-up for Carlos Salcedo, Luis Alfonso and Mario Osuna.
  • In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Mexico advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Cameroon and Croatia and tying World Cup host and then No. 6- ranked Brazil. Mexico fell to Holland 2-1 in the first game of the knockout round after surrendering a penalty-kick goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
  • Three players from its 2014 FIFA World Cup roster appear on this roster.
  • Carlos Salcedo and Erick Torres, who currently play Liga MX for Chivas, previously spent time in MLS. Torres scored 22 goals in 44 career appearances for Chivas USA and Salcedo played in 25 games and scored one goal at Real Salt Lake. Torres will join the Houston Dynamo at the end of the Liga MX season.
  • Eduardo Herrera scored the game-winning-goal in Mexico’s most recent fixture, which was against Paraguay. 

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MNT defender Omar Gonzalez wins a hearder over Mexico's Alán Pulido in the teams' last encounter, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

LAST TIME:

On the field against Mexico:
April. 2, 2014 – University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona – International Friendly 

             USA                2          Michael Bradley, 15’                         Chris Wondowlski, 28’
MEX                2          Rafael Marquez, 49’                          Alan Pulido, 67’ 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 6-Tony Beltran (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 59), 15-Michael Parkhurst; 14-Kyle Beckerman (7-Maurice Edu, 72), 19-Graham Zusi (10-Landon Donovan, 59), 11-Brad Davis (9-Julian Green, 59), 4-Michael Bradley; 17-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 64), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 16-Luis Gil, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 23-Moisés Muñoz (1-Alfredo Talavera, 46); 28-Rogelio Chávez (22-Paúl Aguilar, 63), 6-Juan Carlos Valenzuela, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 2-Francisco Javier Rodríguez; 27-Carlos Peña (9-Raúl Jiménez, 46), 17-Jesús Zavala, 7-Miguel Layun (16-Miguel Ángel Ponce, 68);  11-Alán Pulido, 18-Isaac Brizuela (10-Luis Montes, 57), 8-Marco Fabián
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Enrique Pérez, 26-Juan Carlos Medina
Head coach: Miguel Herrera

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