19 MLS players on US squad vs. Mexico

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Captain Clint Dempsey and all-time U.S. scoring leader Landon Donovan were among 22 players selected Wednesday to the national team for its April 2 game against Mexico in Glendale, Arizona.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann chose 19 players from Major League Soccer, including forward Dempsey of Seattle and midfielder Donovan of Los Angeles.

Absent for the game will be top goalkeeper Tim Howard, who plays for Everton in the Premier League. The match does not fall on an international scheduling day.

Bayern Munich forward Julian Green has been released by his club to participate in what could be his first match representing the United States.

Klinsmann chose two players from the Mexican league, the Puebla duo of defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco.

Standing in for Howard at keeper are Salt Lake's Nick Rimando, D.C. United's Bill Hamid, and Chicago's Sean Johnson.

"Everyone knows the clock is ticking," Klinsmann said. "This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case. We expect them to give a really strong performance against a Mexican team that is now basically coming back on track. They need to prove now that they badly want to go to Brazil."



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