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Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 08/12/2012

Klinsmann sets 23-man U.S. national team roster for Wednesday friendly vs. Mexico at Azteca Stadium

The 23-man U.S. national team group that will face Mexico on Wednesday night at Azteca Stadium (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Univision, ESPN3.com):

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

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

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

Forwards: Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Alan Gordon (San Jose).

For the breakdown.....

Notable absences: Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Steve Cherundolo, Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Spector, Brad Guzan.

*Yes, it’s a FIFA fixture date. No, despite the tasty matchup, it’s not a consequential affair. The more important games are Sept. 7 and 11: World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica in Kingston and Columbus, respectively.

*Klinsmann left behind several European-based regulars who are in-season or are about to start their league schedules.

*Dempsey is in limbo, awaiting a possible transfer from Fulham.

*Edu appears on the verge of joining Ipswich Town in England’s second tier.

*The German-based players won’t begin Bundesliga play for two weeks.

*Bradley won’t make his Serie A debut until late in the month but is just settling in with a new club, Roma.

*Howard and Everton open next weekend, but Klinsmann had to summon one of his top keepers, Howard or Guzan, to face Mexico.

* Cameron just signed with Stoke but is in a transitional period and was in position to report to U.S. camp.

*The Mexican-based call-ups made perfect sense, given the opponent and venue.

*MLS has 10 representatives, more than usual but predictable given the European scheduling jam.

*Beitashour, a left back, and Besler, a center back, and Gordon are seeking their first caps.

*Most caps: Donovan (143), Beasley (96), Howard (78).

*14 players have fewer than 10 caps.

*Two D.C. United players might have a beef with the selections: goalkeeper Bill Hamid (Johnson is going instead as the No. 3 keeper) and midfielder-forward Chris Pontius. Pontius is in great form this year, but Klinsmann preferred Beasley, Shea and Corona — three players with which he is more familiar. The late addition of Gordon on Sunday night was a surprising selection.

On the inclusion of Shea, who has been on a self-destructive path this season, Klinsmann said: “He didn’t have himself under control in some circumstances. He thought he was further than he actually is. People maybe are feeding him information that he’s already there, which he’s not. ...

“He has to learn to focus in, he has to learn to become a full professional, 24-7,” Klinsmann said. “He has to learn that the highest priority is what you deliver on the field. He has to learn how to live off the field, and he is in the middle of that process. We coaches are responsible to help him in that process. ... We are happy to have him back and we’ll have a couple good talks over a few coffees.”

*Of the 23 players, 18 will suit up on Wednesday. One keeper and four field players won’t be in uniform. Six substitutions are permitted in international friendlies.

*Mexico announced its roster Thursday.

*Mexican organizers are anticipating a sellout crowd at Azteca.

By  |  09:02 PM ET, 08/12/2012

Tags:  U.S. national team, Mexico, MLS, Juergen Klinsmann

 
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