Earlier this week, the United States Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter and his Mexican counterpart Gerardo “Tata” Martino announced their roster call-ups for this weekends international fixtures.
It all starts today, Friday, in East Rutherford, New Jersey as the neighboring countries prepare for another edition of the North American Classico.
In advance of the upcoming matches against Mexico and Uruguay (Sept. 10), Berhalter has called up 26 players, five of which have one cap or less.
Joining the rookies in East Rutherford are the veteran likes of Christian Pulisic, Brad Guzan and Will Trapp. Trapp, with a measly 19, is the most-capped midfielder in the roster which shows the intent in Berhalter’s approach for the weekend.
Receiving call-ups for the first time are midfielder Paxton Pomykal, FC Dallas’ homegrown two-way engine, and Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson. Both players have been crucial parts of their team’s successes in Major League Soccer this season.
The reigning Gold Cup champions come into this international break boasting another strong squad. Much like the summer’s tournament, Tata’s strike-force up top will be more than enough for the USMNT to deal with.
Wolverhampton Wanderer’s forward Raul Jimenez will feature in the game as well as Sevilla’s latest signing Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. In midfield, Hirving “El Chucky” Lozano, who now don’s Napoli’s famous blue for club soccer, is also on Tata’s list of possible starters.
In terms of experience, Mexico’s squad is definitely stronger. But along side those veterans, the likes of defenders Jorge Sanchez from Club America and Leon’s Fernando Navarro will also feature in this weekend’s fixtures.
El Tri’s dominance up top seems to be too much too handle for now as Berhalter continues his search for a certified center-back pairing. His continued experiments at the back will more than likely prove costly as Jimenez, who is flying high in confidence at the moment, will score a couple to earn the Mexicans the victory.