MLS and Liga MX populate U.S. roster for Mexico friendly

With the European season just starting, several big names will miss out on the U.S. roster to travel to Mexico City for a high-profile friendly.
Jurgen Klinsmann named 23 players for the upcoming Mexico friendly, with MLS (nine) and Liga MX (six) supplying 15 players.

The United States will take on El Tri in Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The Americans have never won on Mexican soil. In the most recent meeting between the border rivals in the over 100,000-capacity venue, the Stars and Stripes took an early lead through Charlie Davies, but Mexico came back to win 2-1, in a World Cup qualifying match in 2009.

Mexico also overturned a deficit, this time two goals, to win the 2011 Gold Cup final, 4-2. That match not only ended Bob Bradley's tenure with the U.S. national team, but helped turn the tide back to Mexico after nearly a decade of American upsurgence. El Tri won the 2012 Olympic men's soccer tournament as recently as Saturday.

Klinsmann's first game in charge of the United States was a 1-1 draw with Mexico in Philadelphia.

Mexico announced its roster on Thursday.

Full Roster:

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Beithasour (San Jose Earthquakes), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)

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