Jurgen Klinsmann has named the U.S. national team’s 23-man roster for next Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup clash against Mexico, with CONCACAF’s place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on the line.
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Few surprises can be found in Klinsmann’s squad, though the omission of LA Galaxy defender and one-time defensive stalwart Omar Gonzalez is bound to cause something of an uproar, especially given the inclusions of Brad Evans (versatile to play four positions along the backline) and Ventura Alvarado (one appearance for Club America since August), who struggled badly during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing its part in necessitating the playing of this one-game playoff.
John Brooks has been dropped by Klinsmann after struggling much of the summer, though he had shown marginal improvement in post-Gold Cup friendlies. In other news, midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson returns to the national team after missing last month’s friendlies due to an injury suffered playing for his club, Borussia Monchengladbach.
Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)