Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men’s National Team have announced the 23-player roster for the hugely important CONCACAF Cup playoff match on October 10th. The winner of the game earns a spot in the 2017 UEFA Confederations Cup.
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The roster has erred on the side of experience, as it includes seven players with more than 50 caps, four with more than 100 caps, and 16 that participated in the 2014 World Cup.
“This roster is obviously full of experience,” said Klinsmann. “This is about having a group of players who understand exactly now what this is all about. This is about momentum. This is about high energy. This is about representing my country. This is about belief and a high-level of aggressiveness in a one-off game to beat Mexico and to get to the Confederations Cup. It’s a unique opportunity, and you have to embrace it and give everything you have.”
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Tim Howard make up the four players with more than 100 appearances for the stars and stripes.
Notable exclusions from the roster include John Brooks, Omar Gonzalez, Mix Diskerud, and Aron Johannsson.
The USMNT will take the field in their white 2014/15 jerseys which will sport the official CONCACAF Cup badge on the right sleeve.
U.S. Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)