PHILADELPHIA - When Jurgen Klinsmann was hired to be the head coach of the United States men’s national team, it was expected that he would make some major tweaks to the lineup.
Not many would have anticipated that he would make so many changes so soon.
Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jose Torres, and Kyle Beckerman are four of the major surprise inclusions to the former Germany boss’ lineup against Mexico in Philadelphia.
Klinsmann also only dressed 18 players as opposed to Mexico’s 22, suggesting that he might not be thrilled with level of performances of Tim Ream, Damarcus Beasley and Freddy Adu during training camp. A source within US Soccer said that it is typical for the team to only select 18 players during friendlies despite having the option to add more.
As for Mexico, Antonio Naelson is the only major surprise inclusion over Giovani dos Santos, who is on the bench. El Tri’s superstar forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez wasn’t called up due to injury and Aldo De Negris also is not on the roster.
Here are the lineups for both teams.
United States (4-4-2): Howard; Castillo, Bocanegra, Fiscal, Cherundolo; Beckerman, Jones, Bradley, Torres; Buddle, Donovan.
Mexico (4-5-1): Ochoa, Salcido, Marquez, Torrado, Juarez; Barrera, Castro, Moreno, Guardado, Naelson, Peralta.
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