U.S. names roster for Mexico friendly

3:20 PM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 22-player roster Sunday for a friendly at Mexico on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard and forward Landon Donovan are among the established men on the roster, and six others - DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Jose Torres - play in Mexico.

"We're excited about the opportunity to bring this group together and challenge Mexico for a win," said Klinsmann. "For every game, we always look at who is in the best form, who is fit and who is ready to go.

"We have a lot of veteran players and also some new, hungry guys who deserve a chance. Every player in the pool looks forward to an amazing opportunity like this, the chance to take on Mexico in such an historic stadium like Estadio Azteca."

The Americans have never won in Mexico. The friendly will kick off at 8 p.m. (ET) at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico. The United States resumes 2014 World cup qualifying Sept. 7 at Jamaica.

"With the World Cup qualifiers coming up next month, we can start preparing these players mentally and physically for Jamaica," Klinsmann said.

Following is the complete roster:

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Beithasour (San Jose Earthquakes), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim).

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

Forwards: Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

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