A week from tonight the United States Men's National Team take on their bitter rivals Mexico at the Rose Bowl for a ticket to the 2017 Confederations Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann has cut down his final roster to 23 names and some big players were left at home.
The most notable omissions from this important roster include Omar Gonzalez and Mix Diskerud. Both have been stalwarts with the USMNT for the last few years but were deemed surplus to the team's needs for this vital game.
Aron Johannnsson and John Brooks also miss out due to injury.
Other than the names that aren't on the roster, the ones who did make the cut are the usual suspects. Chris Wondolowski, Kyle Beckerman, and Graham Zusi are all fringe MLS veterans who made the cut. While players coming from abroad include Danny Williams, Alejandro Bedoya, Tim Ream, and Jonathan Spector.
It's as safe as Klinsmann possibly could have gone for this playoff game and probably the biggest game of his national team tenure. We'll see if it pays off on Saturday October 10. Here is the full roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders (9): Ventura Alvarado (Club América), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
Midfielders (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)