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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.

Gallery: #USMNT Arrives in Texas for Clash with Mexico, Presented by AT&T

USMNT players began arriving in Texas on Sunday in advance of Wednesday's USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 22 players into the U.S. squad, most of whom ply their trade in MLS or Liga MX. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

Q&A - Jurgen Klinsmann: "Some Performances Will Hopefully Give Us a Hint Toward the Gold Cup"

ussoccer.com: What kind of opportunity lies ahead with this group going into USA-Mexico?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “It’s a huge opportunity playing Mexico in any kind of environment and in any kind of game. This is a roster of mostly MLS players, with some Liga MX players coming in and DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green, two European-based players that were allowed to come over. It’s different compared to how we were put together in Switzerland and in Denmark, and I see this kind of a game as a huge opportunity for players to come in and play in front of a sold-out stadium and loud crowd, a lot maybe pro-Mexico, but these are the games where you mature and where you try to express yourself and show what you have, and therefore we are thankful that we can play this game.”

READ: Klinsmann Names 22-Player Roster for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T
WATCH: More Than Worth It - Klinsmann Reflects on March Training Camp in Europe

ussoccer.com: Where does this game fit into the preparations for the Gold Cup? Have you started to zone in on who you want to see this summer?

JK: “This game doesn’t really help you to kind of zoom in because you’re restricted to the players that you just have available now. But it’s a great opportunity for everyone individually to show where they are right now and where they are at this stage with their MLS teams and down in Mexico. Tthe closer we get to the Gold Cup, the more we kind of define things.”

ussoccer.com: Two Mexican-American players - Ventura Alvarado and William Yarbrough - made their debut in the March camp in Europe. What did they do to prove they belonged in this camp?

JK: “They definitely both were a very impressive surprise to us coaches. Ventura stepped in on the field like he has always been with us. Even when he got in late in the game against Denmark, because Michael Orozco had some knee problems, he filled in right away and he was sharp and did his job, and then he proved that again over 45 minutes in Switzerland; it was the same with William. William played in the second half in Switzerland and was calm, balanced and got his work done. This is huge for us. I think this is what we hoped to see, and so we were very impressed and very positive about them and obviously they’re back right away and we are curious how they will continue with us.”

  • READ: Two Countries. One Team. - Alvarado and Yarbrough, the latest in long line of dual nationals to opt for the USMNT

ussoccer.com: There are two big players missing in Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey. How does that impact the roster and what kind of opportunity does that hand other players?

JK: “Always when there’s somebody missing it’s an opportunity for other ones coming in, but if you look at the roster, there is no Brad Guzan nor Fabian Johnson, no Jozy Altidore, no Alejandro Bedoya, no Clint Dempsey. Mexico is in a similar situation being without guys like Chicharito, Guardado, Dos Santos and the players based in Europe. So it is a different kind of a mixture that you find in this game, but it’s still U.S. against Mexico. It’s still sold out. It’s still both teams wanting to win and the players wanting to impress. So when these players, like Dempsey and Altidore now are not there, that’s the moment for other players to use that space and show what you have. I think we’re going to see some individual performances that will hopefully give us a hint toward the Gold Cup.”

ussoccer.com: Like in the last camp, there are a couple of players back in the mix after long absences. You have Juan Agudelo, who’s been away for more than a year and a similar case with Joe Corona coming back from injury. What message does it send that these players are back with the team?

JK: “It’s very important that the players understand that even if they’re not with us for a long stretch of time that they’re always observed. We always watch them. We kind of suffer with them when things are not going so well, like a Julian Green, like a Juan Agudelo when he kind of had his journey through Europe, or Brek Shea, or Joe Corona who was injured. So every one of them have their own individual issues and have their down periods, their struggles, but that doesn’t mean that they’re out of sight. We watch them and we are communicating with them and we want to help them, and when they are coming back up and there’s an opportunity like now, other players as we said are not there, we can bring them in and say, ‘hey how are you doing, show us where you are right now.’ This is very important because often people say with a national team program that once you’re in you’re always in, and once you’re out you’re not getting back in anymore. That is not true. There’s always an open door no matter what phase of your career you are as long as you show that with your performances.”

ussoccer.com: Five players from Liga MX are on this roster. Is it helpful to have guys who are very familiar with the opposing players due [playing their club football against them for a match up like this one with Mexico?

JK: “It’s definitely helpful having players be a part of our roster that play in Mexico and have the experience with Mexican sides, not only on the field but also with their environments. They know their culture inside out, and they know not only the players but how they deal with things so that’s definitely helpful. For us the challenge is for every player, no matter what background he has, it is to make him understand what we are asking from him as a part of the U.S. Men’s National Team program. That’s when he has to switch it over and say ‘when I come here, this kind of music is what we’re going to play, this is the kind of tempo and intensity that we have in training,’ and then they have to break through with us because at the end of it they want to represent the United States of America and they want to go to a Gold Cup, to a Confederations Cup, and to a World Cup. That’s what really drives them.”

ussoccer.com: You’ve gone undefeated in your time as head coach against Mexico. Do you feel part of the rivalry?

JK: “I enjoy every time we face Mexico because they are a really good team and they love the game. They are so enthusiastic and they are so emotional, and it’s always exciting games. Both sides want to win it badly, so that means it’s attacking soccer, and there’s nothing more fun than both teams attacking and going for it. So hopefully we’ll see that on Wednesday night and hopefully we’ll keep the upper end of it. That’s always more fun.”

USMNT

Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster for the U.S. MNT and scored his first goal for the U.S. in the Round of 16 against Belgium in the 107th minute to pull the U.S. to a one-goal deficit in extra time. Green filed for his one-time FIFA switch, which allows players with dual nationalities to change country eligibility once in his career on March 18, 2014 
FIFA approved Green’s change of nationality on March 24, 2014, making him eligible to play against Mexico on April 2

Youth National Teams

Green represented Germany at the U-19 level and played in the qualifying round of the UEFA U-19 Championship
Played with Germany’s U-16s and U-17s
Played for the U.S. U-18s in an international friendly against the Netherlands in September 2012, when he tallied one goal in the 4-2 victory

Professional

Green made his first professional debut for Bayern Munich on Nov. 27, 2013, when played in the UEFA Champions League
On Nov. 8, 2013, Green signed with Bayern Munich to stay at the club until 2017
Green was named to Bayern Munich’s team as a replacement for an injured Arjen Robben for the 2013 FIFA World Cup

Youth clubs

Green played in the Bayern Munich youth system from 2010-2013, until called up to play with the reserve and senior teams
For three years, from 2006-09, Green played for the SG Hausham club
He also played for FC Miesbach
2014: Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster for the U.S. MNT and scored his first goal for the U.S. in the Round of 16 against Belgium in the 107th minute to pull the U.S. to a one-goal deficit in extra time ... Made his full National Team debut on April 2, 2014, coming on as a second half sub in a 2-2 draw with Mexico … Also made a cameo against Turkey on June 1 in the second match of the USA’s World Cup Send-Off Series … Appeared in one game for the U.S. U-18 squad in 2012, recording a goal in a 4-2 victory over the Netherlands on September 11, 2012, in an international friendly.
2013/14: Signed a contract with Bayern Munich to stay with the club through 2017 … Appeared in one game and made his professional debut in a 3-1 victory against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champion’s League on Nov. 27, 2013 … Scored 15 goals in 23 appearances for Bayern Munich II as the club finished eighth in the Regionalliga Bayern.
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