Klinsmann picks roster for USA-Mexico, Costa Rica WCQs

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Michael Bradley, Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan headline Jurgen Klinsmann’s 26-man roster for upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Mexico (Columbus, Ohio — Friday, Nov. 11) and Costa Rica (San Jose, Costa Rica — Tuesday, Nov. 15).

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With three strikers — Altidore, Jordan Morris and Bobby Wood — in unprecedented goalscoring form in the weeks leading up to Friday’s “Hexagonal” opener, Klinsmann’s toughest lineup decision could revolve around the man (men?) selected to lead the line against a loaded El Tri squad. Most notably and consequentially absent from the roster is Geoff Cameron, who misses out through injury.

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Juan Carlos Osorio named his star-studded roster for the first round of the Hex, including USA-Mexico, earlier in the week.


Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Ethan Horvath (Molde), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)