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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: 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.

Klinsmann Names 22-Player Roster for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T

CHICAGO (April 12, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected a 22-player roster for the 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, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

With the game occurring outside of an official FIFA international fixture date, the U.S. roster is mostly comprised of players that compete with North America-based clubs. Thirteen players play their trade in MLS, while league rival Liga MX contributes five to the group.

The U.S. contingent, which continues preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, includes nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.

The United States 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.

Klinsmann’s side has not lost to its archrival since he took the helm in the summer of 2011, going 2-0-3 in that span. The results include the USA’s first victory against Mexico at Estadio Azteca and the 0-0 away draw in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Currently ranked No. 18 in the world, Mexico brings a 19-player roster with all members based in Liga MX. Mexico comes into the match having won both friendlies it has played this year against Ecuador and Paraguay by matching 1-0 score lines.


U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), 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)

ROSTER NOTES:

  • The U.S. MNT is coming off a March camp in Europe that featured a last-minute, 3-2 loss to Denmark in Aarhus, and concluded with a 1-1 draw with then No. 12-ranked Switzerland in Zurich.
  • Ten different MLS teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members.
  • Five players from this roster come from Liga MX: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla) 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.”
  • Bradley has scored four goals against Mexico, and scored a double against Mexico in a World Cup Qualifier on Feb. 11, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Bradley and Chris Wondolowski both scored goals in the USA’s last match with Mexico on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., 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 goalscorer on this roster.
  • Michael Orozco scored the game-winning goal in the U.S.’s historic first win against Mexico on Mexican soil in Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15, 2012. It was Orozco’s first international goal.
  • Julian Green made his international debut for the USA against Mexico, coming on as a second-half sub in a similarly time friendly last year on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
  • Liga MX based Alvarado and Yarbrough both earned their first caps with the U.S. during the MNT’s March training camp in Europe.
  • 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 of the group stage matches.
  • Juan Agudelo’s last appearance with the U.S. MNT came when he was subbed on in the second-half of the game against Ukraine on March 5, 2014.
  • 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).
  • Michael Bradley is the leading cap-winner from this group having played 95 international matches.

MNT Players in Club Action Across the Globe and the Airwaves this Weekend

With the USMNT’s March friendlies against Denmark (March 25, ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, UDN) and Switzerland (March 31, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN) quickly approaching, time is running out for the players to convince the coaching staff they should be included for the matches that start the honing process for the all-important 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer. The staff will have plenty of opportunity to watch the player pool in action this weekend – and so will fans!

Check out all the MNT players in action with their clubs across the globe (All TV times ET):

FRIDAY
The spotlight is on the kickoff of the 20th season of Major League Soccer when the 2014 defending champion LA Galaxy hosts the Chicago Fire. World Cup vet Omar Gonzalez stands at one end with MNT neophyte Gyassi Zardes as the pair stare down Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson at the other. (10 p.m., UniMas)

SATURDAY
The FA Cup quarterfinals kick off with a trip to famed Wembley Stadium on offer in one of the oldest and most prestigious cup competitions in the world. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa host West Bromwich Albion in the first leg (12:30 p.m., FOX Soccer Plus). In another final eight matchup, Reading midfielder Danny Williams continues his resurgence as the Royals head to League One side Bradford City (7:45 a.m., FS1). In the only Premier League match of the weekend, DeAndre Yedlin’s Spurs travel to QPR with a huge opportunity to pick up points in the race to reach European competition next season (10 a.m., NBCSN).

In Germany, Fabian Johnson is fresh off scoring his first goal of the campaign and Borussia Moenchengladbach travel to Mainz looking to keep their hold on third place in the Bundesliga table (12:30 p.m., GolTV).

South of the border, Club Tijuana look to maintain their lead at the top of the Liga MX Torneo Clausura after going 6-1-1 in the first eight matches. Joe Corona hopes to continue to earn minutes after recovering from injury, while Greg Garza will be kept out as a precaution after a minor hip injury on the weekend. Meantime, defender Michael Orozco has started all eight games for Puebla and has helped his side to fourth place as they travel to Chiapas (10 p.m., UDN).

MLS has a host of matches available on DIRECT KICK/MLS LIVE, led by the debut of Jozy Altidore alongside MNT compatriot Michael Bradley at Toronto FC when they square off against cross-coast Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps (6 p.m.). Check local listings for the full MLS schedule.

SUNDAY
Last things first – the U.S. Under-17 MNT has a chance to book their ticket to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Currently sporting a 3-0-0 record at the top of Group A in CONCACAF Qualifying, a win against host Honduras would guarantee advancement to this fall’s tournament in Chile (FOX Soccer Plus, 10 p.m.).

The big draw will be the debut of the newest additions to MLS, with 60,000 plus packing the Citrus Bowl to watch Orlando City FC hosts NYCFC. Brek Shea is hoping for a jumpstart to his career wearing the purple of the Lions, while Mix Diskerud kicks off his domestic professional career with the Big Apple’s newest MLS entrant NYCFC (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.). Matt Besler will marshal the backline and Graham Zusi appears to be ready to go when Sporting Kansas City hosts the new look New York Red Bulls (FS1, 7 p.m.), while MLS Cup finalists New England Revolution will be without their MNT contingent in Seattle as Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen are still sidelined for the opener against U.S. captain Clint Dempsey, MNT defender Brad Evans and Sounders FC (FS1, FOX Deportes, 9:30 p.m.). 

WHAT ELSE TO CHECK OUT …
Alejandro Bedoya returns from the infirmary to join his Nantes teammates when they meet Stade de Reims, who hover three points above the relegation zone … Jonathan Spector’s Birmingham City side have surpassed their point total from last season, and hope to climb into the top half of the table against Midlands rival Derby …  It could be young versus younger in Holland when Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar travel to face Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht on Sunday … Finally, Eintracht Frankfurt’s starting right back Timmy Chandler gets an early look at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne, which will host USA-Germany on June 5. 

A commanding, intelligent center back, Besler broke into the U.S. MNT in 2013 after four impressive seasons in MLS with his hometown club Sporting Kansas City. After a good showing at the team’s January Camp in Houston, U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann handed Besler his first cap in a friendly against Canada. The 2012 MLS Defender of the Year then distinguished himself in the USA’s 0-0 draw against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, helping the team earn its first ever point in World Cup qualifying at the formidable venue. In total, Besler made 12 appearances for the U.S. in his first year with the team, starting 11 matches and his 996 minutes played were second on the team among defenders only to center back partner Omar Gonzalez. 


  • Has played and started in 10 matches in 2014, including all four games of the FIFA World Cup 
  • In total, Besler made 11 starts for the U.S. in central defense in 2013, and 12 appearances in all, including six of the ten World Cup qualifiers, and the quarterfinals, semifinals and final of this summer’s Gold Cup, which the USMNT won at the end of July
  • Helped the team showcase it regional dominance by anchoring a defense that did not allow a goal on home soil as it finished atop the group in the final round of World Cup Qalifying for the 2013 tournament in Brazil
  • Prior to 2013, he had zero caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team 
  • Called into January 2013 camp, he debuted in a 0-0 friendly against Canada on January 29 
  • He did receive a call-up for a friendly in Mexico in August 2012, but didn’t play that game
  • His World Cup qualifying debut came on March 26 at the Azteca, where he picked up just his second cap 
  • Besler is only the second player to receive a WCQ start with less than two prior Caps 
2014: Has played and started in 10 matches in 2014, including all four games of the FIFA World Cup ... 2013: Began his U.S. MNT career with a good showing at the team’s January camp in Houston, where he then received his first cap in a friendly against Canada … Started 11 of the 12 matches he appeared in, including six World Cup Qualifiers, helping the U.S. keep a sterling defensive record by not allowing a goal on home soil and qualify for the FIFA World Cup atop the Hex for the third cycle running … Parachuted in to partner Clarence Goodson in the final three matches of the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown … First Appearance: Jan. 29, vs. Canada … First GoalNone
2013: Played every minute of SKC’s five-match playoff run to the MLS Cup title … Appeared in 23 regular season matches for SKC, notching two assists … Started two of the team’s four CONCACAF Champions League group stage matches … 2012: Started 30 of 31 matches played on the way to being named MLS Defender of the Year and to the MLS Best XI … Also played in all five of SKC’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, converting his shot in the team’s PK shoot-out win against Seattle … 2011: Had a break out year, playing the full 90 minutes in all 32 matches in which he featured … Scored his first MLS goal on March 26 vs. Chicago and his second was the game-winner against D.C. United on Oct. 22 that secured SKC top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs … Voted an MLS All-Star for the first time … 2010: Started 10 of 12 matches he played in, solidifying his path to becoming SKC’s starting center back … 2009: Started 26 of 28 matches played in as a rookie both as a right back and center back …
Married Amanda Miller, whom he had known in high school, in 2013 … Son of Greg, who played football at Kansas State for one year and Diane, who competed in field hockey and track for one year while at New Hampshire … Simultaneously adopted a puppy named Gipper with U.S. MNT and Kansas City teammate Graham Zusi

College – Played four years at Notre Dame, becoming the first player in the history of its soccer program to earn first-team All-America honors and first-team Academic All-America honors, doing so his senior season … Played in 90 total matches one shy of tying the program record, while recording five goals and seven assists over that time … Selected No. 8 in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City, at the time, the highest any Notre Dame player had been taken in the history of the draft … Was team captain his junior and senior seasons …Graduated from the College of Arts and Letters as a pre-professional and psychology major with a 3.518 cumulative GPA


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