The United States will not have DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco available when they play Mexico in a friendly on Wednesday. Both players has been called up to the team, but Puebla informed the U.S. on Sunday that they would not release the two for the match and because the match does not fall on a FIFA date, the U.S. needs the club's blessing.
The expectation was that all MLS and Liga MX teams that are not competing in the CONCACAF Champions League this week would release any players called in for the friendly and until Puebla refused to release Beasley and Orozco, nobody had. Mexico did not call in any Puebla players.
The U.S. is now down to just three fullbacks for the match: DeAndre Yedlin, Michael Parkhurst and Tony Beltran.
While Orozco's absence isn't preferred, it is not nearly as important as not having Beasley. The U.S. has been hoping to see their current first choice defense in the match -- Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Brad Evans and Beasley -- but Evans was ruled out over the weekend with a calf injury and now Beasley has been ruled out too. That's a major hit to Klinsmann, who won't see his projected starting fullbacks in action again until World Cup training camp.
Klinsmann is not expected to call in any replacements for Beasley and Orozco, leaving him with 20 players against Mexico.