Juergen Klinsmann is in the process of finalizing the U.S. national team roster for next Wednesday’s friendly (April 2) against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The last tuneup before World Cup training camp opens in mid-May does not fall on a FIFA fixture date, leaving almost all U.S. and Mexican call-ups from domestic leagues. One notable exception: Bayern Munich’s Julian Green, whose application to switch affiliation to the United States from Germany was approved by FIFA on Monday. Green seems likely to play on the wing in Klinsmann’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Accordingly, he is listed as a midfielder in our projected roster.
U.S. players will report to Phoenix following this weekend’s league matches. The Tijuana delegation (Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez) is not available because of involvement in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals next week. For the same reason, Mexico will not summon players from Tijuana, Cruz Azul or Toluca.
Before arriving in Phoenix, Klinsmann plans to attend the Real Salt Lake-Toronto FC match Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
When will he announce the roster? We’re awaiting word on his timetable. Hopefully it comes late in the week but perhaps not until Sunday, when players land in Arizona.
ESPN2, UniMas, WatchESPN and ESPN3.com will provide match coverage. Kickoff is set for 11 p.m. ET.
At last check, ticket sales had surpassed 46,000. Stadium capacity is 63,400.
My U.S. roster prediction:
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Brad Evans* (Seattle Sounders)
DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla)
Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew)
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Michael Orozco (Puebla)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union)
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
Julian Green (Bayern Munich II)
Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)
Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)
Eddie Johnson (D.C. United)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Mike Magee (Chicago Fire)
*Calf injury, sat out league match over the weekend
Of note: Midfield candidate Jose Torres left Tigres’ weekend match in the 31st minute with an injury. His status is unclear.