*Juergen Klinsmann, new coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, had hoped to unveil his roster this afternoon for next week’s Mexico friendly in Philadelphia. However, Klinsmann is still contacting players and won’t announce his player selections until Thursday, the U.S. Soccer Federation said. Mexico is also expected to announce its choices Thursday. The Americans will gather in Philadelphia on Sunday and hold two-a-day sessions Monday and Tuesday.
*U.S. defender Clarence Goodson (W.T. Woodson High School, University of Maryland) was named captain of Brondby, the Danish club that signed him last winter. “He’s experienced, has a great charisma ... very well liked in the squad and a natural choice,” Manager Henrik Jensen said in this translated story. Brondby faces a 2-0 deficit against visiting Ried (Austria) in an UEFA Europa League qualifier Thursday.
*Also Thursday, midfielder Clint Dempsey will be available for selection after sitting out the first leg when Fulham hosts RNK Split in the Europa League. The teams played to a 0-0 draw in Croatia.
*Midfielder Maurice Edu started for Rangers in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifier at Malmo today. UPDATE: Rangers pulled even on aggregate, but after three red cards (two on the Scottish club), Malmo tied the match to go ahead on aggregate and advance, 2-1. Rangers will move to the Europa League.
*Several Mexican clubs with U.S. players are in action tonight:
Tecos (F Herculez Gomez) at Club America (D Edgar Castillo)
Pachuca (MF Jose Torres) vs. Cruz Azul
Tigres (D Jonathan Bornstein) vs. Toluca
Puebla (MF DaMarcus Beasley) at Atlante
*Ticket sales for the USA-Mexico friendly are at 21,000 — well below projections. Organizers are hoping for an uptick after the rosters are announced. A good walk-up sale is expected as well.