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August 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann calls in 23 for Wednesday’s friendly in Mexico

us logo small.jpgWednesday will mark the first time since 1984 that the U.S. men’s national team will play a friendly against Mexico on Mexican soil.

The game kicks off at Azteca Stadium at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced a travel party of 23 players on Sunday (22 were listed initially and San Jose forward Alan Gordon was added later). Here’s the squad:

Goalkeepers (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Beithasour (San Jose Earthquakes), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards (5): Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)

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One note of interest for Sounders fans is the absence of forward Eddie Johnson, whose spectacular season has put him back on the USMNT radar (as indicated by coach Sigi Schmid before I left).

Klinsmann didn’t address Johnson directly in these comments about the squad, but there are plenty more important games to come in the near future — namely some FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

What do you make of Johnson’s prospects?

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