Jürgen Klinsmann’s first game in charge of the USMNT comes just twelve days after being named as Bob Bradley’s replacement by U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati. Klinsmann’s first test is against regional rivals and arch enemies Mexico in a friendly match at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (9 pm, ESPN2).
Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers was added to the roster after Maurice Edu picked up an injury during a friendly match against Chelsea for his club team Rangers in Scotland.
The USMNT most recently played against Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, where they lost 4-2. Mexico is coming off their 2011 Copa América tournament, where they lost all three of their group games against Chile, Peru, and eventual champions Uruguay.
Klinsmann will put out an attacking formation, trying to prove to everyone that he wants to play an aggressive brand of soccer. Therefore, the U.S. will score two goals, but their makeshift defense will also let in two to Mexico’s lethal offensive powers.
Goalkeepers (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Zach Lloyd (FC Dallas), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Midfielders (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
Forwards (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)