They say friendly results don't mean anything, but that's never really true when the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Mexico.
El Tri are set to make the short trip up to San Antonio to take on a young, largely domestic-based USMNT team that has struggled since last years' World Cup. The Yanks have just two wins in the nine matches since then, though it's been a period marked by experimentation from Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. We've seen a 3-5-2 formation, Brek Shea moved to left back, and youngsters like Jordan Morris, Miguel Ibarra, and Gyasi Zardes being brought into the fold.
Mexico, on the other hand, has only lost once since the World Cup, and generally looks to be in excellent form. In 2015 so far, they have two 1-0 wins over Ecuador and Paraguay, respectively.
Because this is not an official FIFA date, clubs are not required to release their top players. This affects both sides though, as both countries were only really able to select players on North American clubs.
"If you look at the roster, there is no Brad Guzan nor Fabian Johnson, no Jozy Altidore, no Alejandro Bedoya no Clint Dempsey. Mexico is in a similar situation," Coach Klinsmann said. "When these players, like Dempsey and Altidore now, are not there, that's the moment for other players to use that space and show what you have."
As Klinsmann mentioned, Mexico will also be without a number of notable players, including Giovani Dos Santos, Chicharito, and keeper Guillermo Ochoa. One player MLS fans will certainly want to keep an eye on is forward Erick "Cubo" Torres, who will be joining the Houston Dynamo in July.
For Orlando City fans, Brek Shea will be expected to start at left back, and will have another chance to continue to grow as a fullback against the highest level of competition. From our Eastern Conference rivals, New York City FC's Mix Diskerud is likely to start as well. New England's Juan Agudelo and Lee Ngyuen, along with D.C. United's Perry Kitchen and Bill Hamid, could also see some time.
We here at TML keep pretty busy giving you all the Orlando City SC content you could ever want, but I've put together a few links here to get you thoroughly prepped for #USAvMEX tonight. Happy reading!
- Check out our USMNT blog on the SB Nation network, StarsAndStripesFC.com
- Story on Mexican-American Ventura Alvarado, who was born in Phoenix but plays for Liga MX champs Club America
- MLSSoccer.com will have their standard live match center going
- As always, YanksAreComing.com put together an excellent match preview
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Willian Yarbrough (Leon)
Defense: Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Brek Shea (Orlando City), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Ventura Alvarado (Club America)
Midfielders: Joe Corona (Tijuana), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United)
Forwards: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Jordan Morris (Stanford/Sounders U-23), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Julian Green (Hamburg)
Goalkeepers: Cirilo Saucedo (Tijuana), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)
Defenders: Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Julio "Cata" Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Oswaldo Alanis (Santos), Adrian Aldrete (Santos), George Corral (Queretaro), Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Efrain Velarde (Monterrey), Carlos Salcedo (Chivas)
Midfielders: Luis "Chapo" Montes (Leon), Antonio Rios (Toluca), Jurgen Damm (Pachuca), Mario Osuna (Queretaro), Luis Rodriguez (Chiapas)
Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Club America), Erick "Cubo" Torres (Chivas), Eduardo "Lalo" Herrera (Pumas)
U.S. Men's National Team (4-4-2 Diamond):
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando
Defenders: Greg Garza, Ventura Alvarado, Omar Gonzalez, DeAndre Yedlin
Midfield: Kyle Beckerman, Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, Michael Bradley (c)
Forward: Gyasi Zardes, Jordan Morris
How to Watch:
Match time: 9 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
TV: Fox Sports 1, Univision Deportes
Live Stream: Fox Sports 2Go, Univision Deportes
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @TheManeLand. Also, be sure to follow @StarsAndStripesFC.
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