Former Trojan not named to USA vs Mexico roster
El Paso, TX — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named 22 players to train in Phoenix in advance of USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Former Mayfield Trojan Edgar Castillo was not named to the USA roster, even after making 16 appearances with the USA national team since 2009. Before 2009, Castillo was a member of the Mexico national soccer team, and made three appearances for El Tri.
Kickoff for the USA's final match before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and the ESPN Deportes Radio Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.
"Everyone knows the clock is ticking," said Klinsmann. "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."
Led by Seattle Sounders FC forward and U.S. captain Clint Dempsey, the vast majority of the roster is made up of players from MLS, with a total of 19 players from 11 clubs. The Puebla duo of DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco represents Liga MX. Since the match does not fall on an international fixture date, most of the European-based players will not be available. However, Bayern Munich forward Julian Green has been released by his club to participate in what could be his first match representing the United States.
More than 47,000 tickets have been sold for the clash of the regional rivals [TICKETS]. Tickets are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Phoenix area (including Fry's Marketplace), as well as the University of Phoenix Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MT).
Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
• Maurice Edu makes his first trip to the National Team since starting in the historic 0-0 draw in qualifying against Mexico on March 26, 2013, at Estadio Azteca.
• Michael Orozco scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win that marked the USA's first victory against Mexico on Mexican soil.
• The United States and Mexico meet for the first time since the USA's "Dos a Cero" victory on Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio, secured the team's advancement to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The previous friendly between the regional rivals also proved historic when an Orozco goal and a Tim Howard shutout delivered the MNT its first victory against Mexico on their own soil, a 1-0 win on Aug. 15, 2012, at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.