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By IVES GALARCEP
Youngsters DeAndre Yedlin and Luis Gil were two of the few slight surprise inclusions in the U.S. Men’s National Team roster announced on Wednesday to take on Mexico on April 2.
A team consisting mainly of MLS-based players, as well as Liga MX teammates DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco and new USMNT commit Julian Green was revealed on Wednesday and there were few true surprises.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and UANL Tigres midfielder Jose Torres were left out of the squad, as was Chicago Fire forward and reigning MLS MVP Mike Magee.
Mexico will also be fielding a domestic-based team for the friendly, but will be missing some key players due to CONCACAF Champions League commitments, which also kept Club Tijuana-based Americans like Joe Corona, Greg Garza and Herculez Gomez from being made available for this friendly (the match is not on a FIFA date, which means teams are not obligated to release players, though MLS and Liga MX has chosen to release players who don’t have matches during the week).
Here is the full squad:
USMNT ROSTER to face MEXICO
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
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