USMNT lists WCQ roster for Mexico, Costa Rica: Youngsters Pulisic, Green in
Jurgen Klinsmann announced the players he'll call up to start the hexagonal play
The USMNT's roster for the upcoming, highly-anticipated World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio is set.
Jurgen Klinsmann announced the roster for the upcoming matches on Sunday evening. After the Mexico clash on Friday, the U.S. goes to Costa Rica on Nov. 15.
Here it is.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Ethan Horvath (Molde), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), William Yarbrough (Leon)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
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), Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV).
A few thoughts on the roster:
1. Klinsmann said Howard is the No. 1, and that makes a ton of sense. He has been the starter for the Colorado Rapids and went wild on Sunday. Guzan has barely played for Middlesbrough and isn't in match form. Easy choice, really.
2. No Clint Dempsey, as you may have noticed. He's been dealing with an irregular heartbeat and hasn't played for the Seattle Sounders since the summer. But up top it's a strong roster with Altidore and Wood expected to start. Morris and Johannsson add quickness and depth to the bench.
3. Julian Green is in, earning his spot with fine performances in recent friendlies. The blazing youngster probably won't start, but he should see the field. And of course, Pulisic is in. The young, budding star has been quality for Dortmund this season and really has what it takes to be the star of this team for years to come. It's hard to tell if he will start, but it would be a big mistake for Klinsmann not to let him get a little bit of time.
The match against El Tri is set for Friday at 8 p.m ET.
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