October 3, 2015
Klinsmann names his 23 for CONCACAF Cup
CHICAGO - U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann Saturday named the 23-player roster for the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico, which grants the victor a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
The match will kick off Saturday, Oct. 10, at 9:30 p.m. ET at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Univision and the Univision Deportes Network.
"This roster is obviously full of experience," Klinsmann said. "This is about having a group of players who understand exactly now what this is all about. This is about momentum. This is about high energy. This is about representing my country. This is about belief and a high-level of aggressiveness in a one-off game to beat Mexico and to get to the Confederations Cup. It's a unique opportunity, and you have to embrace it and give everything you have."
The U.S. roster is loaded with experience, including seven players with 50 or more caps and four - DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard - that have surpassed 100 appearances for the United States. Sixteen players in this group were a part of the USA's 2014 World Cup roster.
The match is a faceoff between the region's fiercest rivals. In a series dating back to 1934, the U.S. has taken the momentum in recent years. The MNT has dominated at home, amassing a 10-2-4 record on U.S. soil against El Tri since 2000. Additionally, the United States is unbeaten in the last four years with a 3-0-3 record, including the team's first victory against Mexico on Mexican soil.
The teams most recently met in April in San Antonio, where the U.S. triumphed 2-0, a score line that has highlighted nine MNT victories against Mexico since 2000. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will look to extend his lifetime unbeaten streak as a player and coach against Mexico to 11 games (5-0-5 all-time).
The USA's place in the playoff was secured when it won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico won the 2015 edition of the tournament and in so doing qualified for the playoff.
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : 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 KC)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)