It's make it or break it time for the US Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as he gets ready to take part in the first Hexagonal World Cup Qualifier of the year. Wednesday's result, while it certainly doesn't seal the fate of the USMNT in the 2016 World Cup, could very well set the tone of what we can expect from team this year.
In any case, Klinsmann has revealed his 24 man roster ahead of Wednesday's match. Here it is:
DEFENDERS (9): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander - 31/5), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City - 5/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana - 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg - 0/0), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders - 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 0/0), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim - 3/0), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg - 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Roma - 19/5), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor - 9/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 - 5/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht - 12/0), Jose Torres (Tigres - 9/0), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim - 4/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City - 3/0)
In total 14 players on the roster are hailing from European leagues. Obviously this makes sense as that is where the USMNT's best players are still plying their trade. Of particular note here is Timmy Chandler from the Bundesliga's FC Nürnberg. Up until very recently he has refused to declare for a national team side. Wednesday's match will seal him into the USMNT.
7 players are from MLS. This is in stark contrast to the roster we saw in the friendly against Canada which was comprised almost entirely of MLS players. The team in that case, however, wasn't able to score in what was considered to be a humdrum affair for all involved. Seriously, it was fairly uneventful. One noticeable absence is Landon Donovan who is apparently still on hiatus from the game as he recovers from mental fatigue.
Finally, there are 3 players from Mexico on the team. Notable USMNT standouts Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres are rejoining the team for the event. Their Latin American experience will no doubt come in handy during the team's visit to Honduras. Edgar Castillo will also be joining the team from his recent league winning club: Club Tijuana.
Over all, a much more exciting roster than the one we saw against Canada. I dare say I think we might win this one.
Who do you think will start against Honduras on Wednesday?