The CONCACAF Cup between the U.S. National Team and Mexico may still be nearly a month away, but CONCACAF announced on Tuesday the 35-man provisional rosters from both federations and Jurgen Klinsmann has listed Real Salt Lake stars Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman among the players he could select for the pivotal match on October 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The match pits the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion U.S. squad against the 2015 champions from Mexico in a match that will determine the region’s representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. From the 35-man rosters announced Tuesday, the two coaches will select a 23-man gameday roster that will be finalized on October 1.
“It’s going to be a tight game and hopefully we’re going to finish it off with a win that takes us to Russia. Therefore we need to be best prepared,” Klinsmann said on USSoccer.com. “Everyone needs to be highly focused. It’s going to be very exciting and very emotional, but that’s what the game’s all about.”
Beckerman has eight appearances for the U.S. this year, including six starts, to bring his career total to 50 caps while Rimando has five starts this year and 21 career caps.
Among the 35 players named to the roster by Klinsmann, 17 are current MLS players, including players from 10 different MLS clubs. RSL is among five teams with two players selected – the others are the New England Revolution, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC. The LA Galaxy leads the way with three players listed on the U.S. list and also has the lone MLS representative on the Mexican roster in Giovani Dos Santos. The Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, New York City FC and D.C. United each have one representative on the list.
DF (10) – Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad/Spain); Rafael Marquez (Hellas Verona/Italy); Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Miguel Layun (Porto/Portugal); Hector Herrera (Porto, Portugal); Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara/Mexico); Arturo Rivas (Tigres/Mexico); Miguel Herrera (Pachuca/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico)
MF (9) - Israel Jimenez (Tigres/Mexico); Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven; Netherlands); Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mexico); Jesus Duenas (Tigres/Mexico); Javier Aquino (Tigres/Mexico); Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/ Spain); Luis Montes (Leon/Mexico); Carlos Pena (Leon/Mexico); Javier Guemez (Club America/Mexico)
FW (9) – Oribe Peralta (Club America/Mexico); Raul Jimenez (Benfica/Portugal); Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain); Carlos Esquivel (Toluca/Mexico); Jesus Corona (Porto/Portugal); Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany); Elias Hernandez (Leon/Mexico); Jurgen Damm (Tigres/Mexico); Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy/United States)
DF (12) – Ventura Alvarado (Club America/Mexico); DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo/USA); Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City/USA); John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany); Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England); Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/USA); Greg Garza (Atlas/Mexico); Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/USA); Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/Mexico); Tim Ream (Fulham/England); Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City/England); DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/England)
MF (12) – Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/USA); Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France); Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/Canada); Joe Corona (Veracruz/Mexico); Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/USA); Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Germany); Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution/USA); Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt/Germany); Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution/USA); Danny Williams (Reading/England); Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy/USA); Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City/USA)
FW (7) - Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/Canada); Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/USA); Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy/USA); Aron Johansson (Werder Bremen/Germany); Jordan Morris (Stanford University/USA); Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/USA); Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/Germany)