The latest entry of the U.S. Men's National Team-Mexican National Team rivalry is here, as the North American powerhouses face off in Glendale, Ariz. tonight. The game is a nation-based MLS-Liga MX All-Star game of sorts...except Dan Kennedy isn't involved, so scratch that.
Actually, for all of the European-based (and in the case of the US, Mexican-based) players who will be missing, this friendly won't the regular cash-grab that can plague these kind of games that aren't held on FIFA dates. Instead, it's safe to assume both national teams' World Cup squads will be built largely with the players on the rosters for this match. So it should be interesting on that count, beyond the normal rivalry stuff.
And we will almost certainly get to see hot young prospect Julian Green make his USMNT debut. The 18-year-old is the only player based in Europe to get the call.
TV info: 8 pm PT, ESPN/WatchESPN/UniMas
Defenders (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), 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)
Goalkeepers (2): Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Moisés Múñoz (Club América)
Defenders (8): Paul Aguilar (Club América), Miguel Layún (Club América), Miguel Ángel Ponce (Toluca), Francisco "Maza" Rodríguez (Club América), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club América), Rogelio Alfredo Chávez (Cruz Azul), Enrique Pérez (Atlas), Rafa Márquez (León)
Midfielders (6): Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Jesús Zavala (Monterrey), Juan Carlos Medina (Club América), Marco Fabián (Cruz Azul), Carlos Alberto Peña (León), Luis Arturo Montes (León)
Forwards (2): Alan Pulido (Tigres UANL), Raúl Jiménez (Club América)
For more coverage of this match from the United States' perspective, check out SB Nation blog Stars and Stripes FC.
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