USMNT vs Mexico Preview: Weakened rosters won’t weaken atmosphere

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  • The United States is 12-5-5 vs Mexico since 2000
  • Mexico has not held the United States scoreless on American soil since 2003
  • The US and Mexico have never matched up in San Antonio

The United States takes a domestic-heavy roster into a likely hostile environment when they take on Mexico in the Alamodome in San Antonio on Wednesday at 8:30pm ET.

The Alamodome has shipped in a sod turf which it laid down just three days before the match, and reports are surfacing that the Mexican delegation is extremely unhappy with the field conditions, putting the match in jeopardy.

Should the match proceed as planned, the US will get yet another look at its available squad as Jurgen Klinsmann preps for a full few years of competitive play. He’s tinkered plenty so far, and there’s no indication that will end in San Antonio.

The match will have a different feel to it, with a heavy Mexican contingent expected in the Alamodome. It will no doubt test the players’ resolve in a truly hostile environment. While they played a few road European friendlies not long ago, those were somewhat poorly attended and had an atmosphere fitting for a friendly. This game proves to be different.

One storyline to watch is the goalkeeping situation. Nick Rimando has been tested by William Yarbrough, and it will be interesting to see who gets how much time and how that individual performs. Yarbrough is also one of many Mexican-Americans on the roster, an intriguing side story to watch unfold. Besides the goalkeeper, there’s Ventura Alvarado, Miguel Ibarra, Joe Corona, and Greg Garza. Jozy Altidore is not on the roster, serving a one-game suspension for his second yellow against Switzerland.

Unlike the United States, a country that has struggled mightily since the conclusion of last summer’s World Cup, Mexico has thrived on its success. Miguel Herrera has mixed experimentation and consistency very well, and as a result Mexico has won four of their last five matches. For this game, he’s gone incredibly young on his roster.

ROSTERS:

United States

GK: Bill Hamid, Nick Rimando, William Yarbrough

DEF: Ventura Alvarado, Matt Besler, Brad Evans, Greg Garza, Omar Gonzalez, Brek Shea, DeAndre Yedlin

MF: Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Miguel Ibarra, Perry Kitchen, Lee Nguyen

FW: Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Jordan Morris, Chris Wondolowski, Gyasi Zardes

Mexico

GK: Cirilo Saucedo, Jonathan Orozco

DEF: Francisco Rodriguez, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Osvaldo Alanis, Adrian Aldrete, George Corral, Gerardo Flores, Hiram Mier, Efrain Velarde, Carlos Salcedo

MF: Luis Montes, Antonio Rios, Jurgen Damm, Luis Rodriguez, Mario Osuna

FW: Oribe Peralta, Erick “Cubo” Torres, Eduardo Herrera