KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The United States national team will go into Wednesday's game against rivals Mexico with a 20-man roster as Liga MX's Puebla refused to release DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco.
As the game does not fall on an international calendar date, Puebla has the right to withhold the players from joining with the U.S. team. However, the move was not welcomed by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who is looking to finalize his roster before FIFA's May deadline.
"We are very disappointed in the decision by Puebla," said Klinsmann on U.S. Soccer's official website on Monday. "When the match was scheduled, it was with the spirit that both teams would have access to their domestic-based players for what is a very important game for those competing for spots in the World Cup. Both MLS and most clubs in Liga MX honored that idea. While we understand their position, it's a huge opportunity lost for DaMarcus and Michael and doesn't contribute to the continuation of this respected rivalry."
Beasley played in most of the United States' World Cup qualifying games, and will most likely fill one of the 23 spots. Orozco, on the other hand, is not a guarantee for the U.S. team and is looking to impress Klinsmann.
U.S. Soccer added that no replacement players will be called in for the game which will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.