RICH FIDLER - Sunday, February 8, 2009
Head coach Bob Bradley has named a 20-man roster ahead of one of the most anticipated matches in the series.
The roster is lead by a contingent of 11 European players, with seven domestically based Major League Soccer players making the roster. Jose Francisco Torres is the only player plying his trade not in the US or Europe, playing with Pachuca in the Mexican Primera Division.
Landon Donavan, on loan to German Bundesliga Bayern Munich from the LA Galaxy, will be looking to add to his goal total against El Tri, having scored four career goals against them in eight matches.
February 11th's match will mark the 55th meeting between the two countries, the US being 8-0-2 at home since 2000.
In the last nine years, the US has outscored Mexico 17-3 on home soil and 4-0 in the last two games against their southern neighbor at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Following their clash against Mexico, the Americans will take a month long break before heading on the road to continue qualifying against El Salvador on March 28th before coming home to play Trinidad & Tobago on April 1 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.
Roster for Mexico World Cup qualifier
Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Bocanegra, Carlos Rennes (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan Chivas USA (MLS)
Califf, Danny FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Hejduk, Frankie Columbus Crew (MLS)
Onyewu, Oguchi Standard Liege (Belgium)
Pearce, Heath Hansa Rostock (Germany)
Wynne, Marvell Toronto FC (MLS)
Beasley, DaMarcus Rangers (Scotland)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Clark, Ricardo Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Kljestan, Sacha CD Chivas (MLS)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)
Altidore, Jozy Xerez C.D. (Spain)
Ching, Brian Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Davies, Charlie Hammarby IF (Sweden)
Donovan, Landon Bayern Munich (Germany)