Breaking Down the MLS Contingent in USMNT Squad for Mexico Friendly

On Wednesday, United States men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 22-man roster for next week's friendly against Mexico with 19 of those players coming from Major League Soccer.

Here's a breakdown of the players he selected and those he didn't.


The Givens

As one would fully expect, Klinsmann named the bulk of North American regulars to the squad, many of whom are expected to compete for starting spots on the team the Americans will take to Brazil this summer. This group includes Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi (DaMarcus Beasley also made the team but plays club in Mexico, not in MLS).

Also included on the roster for the Mexico friendly are a number of MLS players who are likely to make the World Cup roster, albeit as role players, including Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Clarence Goodson and Eddie Johnson.



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