The U.S. national team had a light workout yesterday in Columbus, Ohio, in preparation for its World Cup qualifying match Saturday with Mexico -- although team officials didn't release a roster for the game.
Coach Bruce Arena joked that he wanted to release the list of those on the team, but it was being delayed by media officers.
Asked if this was an added degree of gamesmanship, he said: "There's no point in releasing our roster when we have to get through games. We have players playing today. Once we get everyone through their games, then we're in a position to release a roster. I suspect that'll happen on Wednesday."
Even though practice was open to the media, it was closed to the public, as are all U.S. team workouts. The match with Mexico will be played at Columbus Crew Stadium, home of MLS's Columbus Crew.
Arena had a hand-printed roster that he checked twice while talking to reporters, making no attempt to hide it. An observer was told not to help reporters identify the players at the workout.
A mix of American veterans and fresh faces were part of yesterday's workout: Carlos Bocanegra, Brian McBride, Frankie Hejduk, Jeff Cunningham, Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman, Greg Vanney, Pablo Mastroeni, Chad Marshall, Kasey Keller, Justin Mapp, Chris Armas, Oguchi Onyewu, Kerry Zavagnin, Claudio Reyna, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Eddie Lewis and Matt Reis.
Johnson (turf toe) has not played in a qualifier since March. Bocanegra injured a knee during preseason training with Fulham, and Mastroeni sprained an ankle during the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month.
DaMarcus Beasley (hamstring), who played his first game of the season in the Netherlands on Sunday, was due in later yesterday.
The United States can clinch a spot among the 32 national teams in next year's World Cup in Germany with one more win in its three remaining qualifying matches.
-- From News Services