The USMNT got off to a rough start in Honduras with a loss, but now is their time to earn something back. With Mexico having drawn Jamaica in Estadio Azteca, it's easily within their grasp to at least get the jump on Mexico. After all, an away loss is bad, but a home draw can be even worse depending on the right circumstances.
In any case, the USMNT will face off against Costa Rica on March 22rd in Denver, Colorado. Dick's Sporting Goods Park to be precise.
Here are the players called up for duty:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa - 5/3 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire - 0/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake - 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake - 0/0), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City - 6/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 1/0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby - 5/0), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes - 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla - 26/6), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake - 2/0), Michael Bradley (Roma - 20/5), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana - 1/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor - 10/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 - 6/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht - 13/0), Brek Shea (Stoke City - 2/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City - 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar - 18/6), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna - 2/0), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur - 27/11), Herculez Gomez (Santos - 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC - 12/10)
It's interesting to note that Tim Howard will not be with the USMNT for the near future after suffering an injury to his back. As such Aston Villa's Brad Guzan is expected to take over the starting spot. According to many who follow Aston Villa, despite their current placement in the EPL, Guzan is well up to the task of defending the USMNT's goal.
Here's what Klinsmann had to say about his selection:
"We know we have a big task ahead of us, and we are confident our group will get the job done. Obviously there are many players out with injuries, and that means the next person in line has a chance to step up. Getting points at home in World Cup qualifying is huge, and we are looking forward to having an awesome crowd supporting us in Denver on Friday night."
We're pretty far away from this being a must-win game, but the fact that the boys have to play in Mexico just a few short days later does add to the intensity of this match. Nobody wants to play in Estadio Azteca after losing at home.
What do you think of Klinsmann's roster? How do you think Brad Guzan will do in the net?